A sign how America keeps descending into the madness of perpetual war on full display in the 24/7 coverage of Biden-McCarthy budget talks to avoid a financial meltdown.
Every dollar sliced from the budget comes from domestic spending, woefully inadequate before the cuts, to reinvigorate America’s declining living standard. But McCarthy gave Biden every one of the $886 billion he wanted to ramp up US proxy war on Russia, and push China into a possible nuclear confrontation over Taiwan. That’s not defense folks, so let’s call it what it is…offense, offense, offense. Some of that squandered dough will add to America’s 835 overseas bases with new ones is Finland, Syria and Iraq. That’s roughly 4 bases for each of the other 194 world countries.
But many GOP offense hawks howled for more, more, more offense. America’s premier warmonger, Sen. Lindsey Graham, was his usual apoplectic self on such an inadequate amount for his pet project, perpetual warfare. “The Biden defense budget was a joke before, and if we adopt it as Republicans, we will be doing a big disservice to the party of Ronald Reagan. The biggest winner of the Biden defense budget is China because they’ll have a bigger navy.” Graham failed to add that at $886 billion, the US offense budget is two and a half times that of arch enemies China and Russia combined.
The final ’24 US budget not yet in the can. But whatever the outcome, America’s wild overspending on maintaining its worldwide dominance, established at the end of WWII, ensures America’s continued descent into the ashcan of overextended, failed empires.
Walt Zlotow became involved in antiwar activities upon entering University of Chicago in 1963. He is current president of the West Suburban Peace Coalition based in the Chicago western suburbs. He blogs daily on antiwar and other issues at www.heartlandprogressive.blogspot.com.