December 3, 2012

Fiscal Reality

Many Americans know that President Eisenhower, as he left office, warned about the growing power of the military-industrial complex. Few know that Eisenhower was concerned about the spiritual effects of constantly preparing for war. 
Since Eisenhower's era, the nation has become even more militarized, argues Aaron B. O'Connell, who teaches history at the U.S. Naval Academy and is a marine reserve officer. The militarization is mostly fueled by civilians, including Congress, not the military.
O'Connell points to the plethora of stories in the media that valorize the military, the constant call to citizens to "support our troops" and Congress's desire to give the Pentagon more money than it requests.
(New York Times, November 4, 
 reported in Christian Century, November 28, 2012

Perhaps the "fiscal cliff battle" needs to begin with cutting military spending.