For over 15 years, the U.S. has been fighting failed or failing wars—efforts that seem only to spread the terrorism they’re supposed to eradicate.
An ideology of armed exceptionalism and the entrenched power of the arms lobby are the pillars that uphold the Defense Department's $600 billion annual stranglehold on our tax dollars year after year.
By keeping us in the dark about how it spends our money, the Pentagon has made it virtually impossible for anyone to hold it accountable for just about anything.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has lambasted the Obama administration for its announcement that it will cut 8 percent out of the military budget and reduce standing army troop levels to their lowest since before World War II.
War, the military-industrial complex, and the national security state that go with it cost in every sense an arm and a leg. And that, in the twenty-first century, is where so many American tax dollars have gone.
After an extensive examination of government spending data and contracts, I estimate that the Pentagon has dispersed around $385 billion to private companies for work done outside the U.S. since late 2001, mainly in the military baseworld.
War doesn't pay, nor does imperial ambition. This proposition should be evident to anyone who has paid attention to the fivefold increase in the price of oil since George W. Bush took office. The principle of nonintervention is neither liberal nor conservative in orientation, and at the inception of the Republic it was accepted as a commonsense.