It really struck me today when I read that President Obama’s defense budget for next year is $22B larger than this year. Aren’t we drawing down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Doesn’t that mean lots of extra troops and dollars to be put into other stuff, and the war on terror? Why would we need more?
How about a new foreign policy based on the concept of restraint, recognizing the idea of “blow-back”, which more and more people are starting to talk about.
- Stop messing with other peoples stuff
- Then people will hate us less
- Which will lead them to stop messing with our stuff
- Which will lead us to stop feeling the need to mess with their stuff
Ron Paul has it right. The more we spend on defense, the more enemies we have, and the less safe we are. Now its really probably some inflexion point on a curve somewhere where you increase safety up to a certain level then see the inverse, but it feels like we passed that point on the curve somewhere around the end of the cold war.
What do you think?
Guest Blogger Jeff