Activist journalist David Swanson reminds us that, amidst a pandemic and headlines of social and economic reforms, the military industrial complex grinds forward with a momentum of its own.
"President Joe Biden is proposing a level of Pentagon spending so close to that of Trump’s last year in office that Bloomberg calls it a 0.4% reduction adjusting for inflation while Politico calls it a 1.5% increase and 'effectively an inflation-adjusted budget boost.' I call it a disgusting violation of the will of the public spent in the hypocritical name of a grand battle against autocracies by so-called democracies, driven in reality by the influence of war profiteers and contempt for the fate of the planet and the people on it. ...
"... The United States, every year, takes $2,170 from every man, woman, and child for wars and war preparations, while Russia takes $439, China $189, and Iran $114. ... 'Takes' is the right word. President Eisenhower once admitted it out loud, saying, 'Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.'"
Read Swanson's entire essay on his blog Let's Try Democracy.