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Senate Democrats, with Few Exceptions, are a Gang of War-Mongers

Where’s the 'democratic socialist' challenge to militarism?

And those charges are justified, because most of those so-called progressive, and even “democratic socialist” candidates, tacitly or, in Sen. Sanders’ case even overtly support, fundamentally, the US military and most of America’s militaristic foreign policies and actions abroad — the majority of which are in flagrant violation of international law and have nothing to do with national defense.

Sanders, in fact, supports the F-35, an epic turkey of a jet fighter-bomber that at a program cost of $1.5 trillion and counting and a unit-price that already exceeds $100 million per plane even before it is operational, is the most expensive weapon in the history of mankind. Sanders supports this wet kiss for the US arms industry because the Pentagon was thoughtful enough to base a wing of the planes at an airbase in Vermont, Sen. Sanders’ home state.

If democratic socialist Sanders cannot stand up to that kind of blatant Pentagon manipulation, how can any elected representative?

$1.5 trillion would be enough money to guarantee Social Security benefits into the indefinite future as far as anyone can see, and could even allow for an increase in benefits from the current starvation level of a program that is the sole source of retirement income for half of all retired Americans and the major source of support for 90% of them.

According to Brown University’s recent Watson Institute Study on the ‘Costs of War’, the US has spent some $5.6 trillion on its policy of endless war launched in the wake of the 9-11 attacks in 2001. Those wars have done nothing to reduce the threat of terrorism. In fact they’ve caused terrorism attacks to spread and to multiply dramatically over the intervening years. Iraq is a disaster zone, with millions of its middle class population gone to other lands, and millions more internally displaced, while terror bombs are practically daily events in the shattered society that remains. Afghanistan is, perhaps, even worse. One of the poorest countries in the world, its people have been bombed and shot by US troops, its cities destroyed, opium production has soared under US protection, and the Taliban have only grown stronger over 17 years of US invasion, war and occupation. Libya was destroyed completely as a country by US and NATO bombing, and now the US is in Syria backing the very terrorists it supposedly went into Afghanistan to destroy: Al Qaeda. It’s doing this to try and overthrow the internationally recognized government of Syria. Again and again the US engages in SUCH “regime change” efforts at great cost in money and blood, usually only making things worse while spending a fortune on arms and manpower. The only beneficiaries of these wars are the nation’s arms industry, the professional military brass who get paid to plan them, and the politicians, Republican and Democrat, who are lavished with the arms peddlers’ campaign contributions (bribes).

Think what that $5.6 trillion could do in the US! New schools, rebuilt cities, repaired infrastructure, modern high-speed trains, a well-funded and secure retirement program, a national health care program and a massive R&D program to develop alternative non-carbon-based energy systems to seriously tackle climate change (how about subsidized solar panels on every home’s roof in America?). It would all be possible if we weren’t locked into a hyper-expensive war economy.



story | by Dr. Radut