The US House of Representatives and the US Senate have each approved a version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Each authorizes expenditures of over $600 billion for national defense. (Please note that the $600 billion does NOT include the $182 billion budget for the Veterans Administration, nor the $48 billion for Homeland Security).
Although military spending constitutes 54% of all discretionary spending, the NDAA commands very little public attention. The lack of public attention is dangerous and foolhardy, as is the NDAA itself. Why?
These expenditures are the single largest contributor to our national debt, which in itself is a threat to national security;
The US military produces more greenhouse gasses and consumes more fossil fuel than any other organization in the world, and thus threatens the security of the U.S. and the planet;
Our annual passive acceptance of a bloated NDAA reveals an addiction to violence, and, like many addicts, we are in denial. We claim to be a peaceful nation, but the only levers we fund are violent. More Reaper drones and new bombers and militarization of our police forces won’t bring peace;
We have spent over $1.7 trillion on our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with no end in sight. After fifteen years, maybe it’s time to reflect and change;
Every reader, with a little thought, can add items to the above list. But until we care enough to say “NO,” we will continue into a future of endless war.