1/10/2018 by Lee Camp
Here the Post is bragging about military spending while failing to mention that our military spending is out of control on all levels. We spend more on our military than the next 8 countries combined. At the same time we refuse to fund universal healthcare, infrastructure projects, paid maternity leave, education – such as last week in Baltimore when children sat in freezing classrooms because the schools didn’t have money for heating. While even the Post covered the Baltimore story, they won’t ever connect such an issue to our utterly psychotic military spending. Part of how our corporate media manufactures consent for our illogical and highly immoral system is by leaving everything out of context, intentionally avoiding connecting the dots. (The Post has never had much use for red yarn in their office.) The UN estimated it would take $30 billion a year to end world hunger and then in 2015 increased that number to $267 Billion. Even if it’s the higher number of 267, that’s still less than half of the over $600 Billion we spend on “defense”. …Well, if we actually wanted it to be defense, why don’t we pay to end world hunger, at which point we would be the safest country in the world because no one wants to bomb the country that ENDED WORLD HUNGER. …Or we can continue to listen to the Post haggle with Donald Trump as to whether he’s built up our “depleted” military.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The Post acts like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are over even though about 40,000 people were killed in Iraq last year, and we still have AT LEAST 11,000 troops in Afghanistan. But how does one declare a war is “over” when it was never really a war to begin with–but rather an ongoing assault of a population, designed to maintain endless instability in the region and allow the U.S. to hold our global empire? …The Post misses tiny insignificant facts like that.