Seattle Veterans For Peace Chapter Condemn Trump’s Proposed Military Budget Increase
The Greater Seattle Chapter of Veterans For Peace condemns President Trump’s plan to increase military spending while cutting departments that take care of social, environmental and human needs.
Veterans For Peace has been critical of outsized military spending before this proposed increase, noting that the U. S. is the world’s only superpower. Currently, the U.S. spends 54% of its discretionary budget on the military, already squeezing social programs that the working poor and the middle class depend on.
What is happening to our country when we spend enormous amounts of money on our military and pitifully little on human and social needs? In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr., “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
In reality, the U.S. should be reducing its military spending, not increasing it. There is no threat of an invasion of our country. VFP Board member Mike Dedrick comments, “The U.S. already spends more money on their military than the next 7 countries that include Russia and China. We’re already the biggest and strongest military in the world. This makes no sense. And it won’t make us any safer.”
Instead of shoveling more money into the bottomless pit of more weapons of war, the U.S. should be doubling our efforts to make diplomacy, cooperation and negotiations our primary tools to get along with the rest of the world. Afterall, Trump has bragged about his negotiation skills to get “good” and “better” deals.
Trump says we’re not winning wars and so the U.S. needs more military might (our armed forces are depleted). Doesn’t that suggest that we try a new approach to problems and conflicts around the world?
VFP fears we will soon be in another war, and this time with one of the countries who is also a nuclear power. As Albert Einstein said, “You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”