2003 marked the invasion of Iraq, with a corresponding escalation of the United States’ foreign entanglements via war and occupation continuing unabated ever since. As of 2018, America is involved in military action throughout North Africa and the Middle East, in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Tragically, there have been hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths in these countries, either as a result of collateral damage from U.S. strikes or due to the chaos and instability caused by America’s actions. And even millions more were forced to flee their devastated home countries, worsening the already severe refugee crisis around the globe.
If producing new generations of potential terrorists, harming the United States’ legitimacy as an agent of good in the world and compromising American prosperity are the goals, then by all means, let’s continue on this path. Mission accomplished. It has become painfully clear that a course correction is needed and long overdue. Something needs to drastically change when we’re told that there’s not enough money yet Republicans and some corporate Democrats always seem to find the financial resources to fund a $1.1 trillion-dollar fighter jet program or a $1.7 trillion-dollar nuclear weapon “modernization” program. These costs are extreme and unwarranted. In 2018, the Pentagon’s budget was $700 billion dollars. To repeat, that is SEVEN HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS! And what do we get for that enormous budget? The country gets to continue battling an endless War on Terror and re-fight the Cold War, this time engaging in a new arms race in which there are no winners.