The American War Machine: Within and Without, For and Against

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The American War Machine: Within and Without, For and Against

Democrats Back Massive Pentagon Budget For War and Repression

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/06/23/pers-j23.html

"...Senate Democrats joined Republicans this week to approve a massive expansion of the US military as demanded by President Donald Trump. Congressional action on the near record Pentagon budget is taking place behind a veil of silence, with no public discussion and virtually no media coverage.

The so-called 'John S McCain National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2019', which passed the Senate 85-10 Monday after having been approved by the House of Representatives in May, allocates $716 billion for the Defense Department, an increase of $82 billion.

The increase alone is larger than the total budget of the Department of Education, approximately $70 b. It is also larger than the annual military budget of Russia (61 billion). The increase in the Pentagon's spending between 2017 and 2019, $165 billion, is larger than the entire defense budget of China.

Just over one third of the Pentagon's annual budget, or $265 billion, could end world hunger, according to figures from the Stockholm Peace Institute. Another third, or $239 billion, would provide primary and early secondary education for the entire world population.

Instead these vast sums are squandered on building and deploying the tools of mass murder..."

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

Indeed, Eisenhower's warning was quite prescient, although even he had no idea how bad it would become.