I read in today’s Times that the Afghani want peace and jobs and that the “enemy population” would all but dissolve if they could find gainful employment.
“In a recent survey, Kandaharis favored negotiations with the Taliban by a margin of 19 to 1 over continued fighting. Five of six Kandaharis viewed the Taliban as ‘our Afghan brothers,’ while four of five also said most members of the Taliban would stop fighting if given jobs.”
That kind of sounds like home. I wonder if we would have such a large private army if our young people were smart enough to get a real job—if one were available that is.
We keep hearing that our level of spending is unsustainable. BUT, we need to create jobs. So, where do we cut? Gee, sounds like a “no brainer” to me. We can start by cutting out TWO WARS. We can follow that up by eliminating major new weapons systems.
Seriously, do we really think a foreign power would want to occupy this country? Think about it. Most countries are the size of one state. Mostly, our “threat” comes from terrorists who are mad about our military. So. Cut defense spending and enlarge the Peace Corps. We could save money, do good in the world, and provide jobs and job training all at the same time.
ALL the things that are being discussed as the thing that will be cut in “government spending cuts” are things we need. They are education, healthcare, and other essential services the government provides. No one is looking at the 600 pound gorilla in the room. The defense gets 60% of our tax dollar. It seems to me that is where we should be making the cuts.
A friend said that if we brought our soldiers home it would increase unemployment and we wouldn’t save money. Then I pointed out that the million dollars a year that we are spending per soldier was not going to the soldiers, rather that is what it cost to keep them over there.
So write your congressional reps. Picket their offices if they don’t agree. Clobber them with the awareness that it is Defense that needs to be cut. We can no longer be the oil industry’s police force.