Well, that’s how John Zmirak colorfully put it in a recent piece in Taki’s Magazine. In it he posed the question: If you knew a family that had more guns than all its neighbors put together, but was living on credit cards and cadging loans from people who hated them, what advice would you give them? To pay down their debts and start to save… or borrow more money to fill up their bomb shelters with even more semiautomatics?
He notes that the U.S. spends more money on it’s military than every other nation on earth combined. It does cause one to wonder whether it’s possible that we really are in that much danger. And if so, from whom?
Given that our nation is essentially bankrupt, able to carry on only because the Chinese don’t have the good sense to stop loaning us money, one has to wonder whether it really makes sense to carry on borrowing and spending as if we’re getting geared up for World War III. No doubt there are plenty of bad actors on the planet who would sorely love to do us harm. But at what point do we have enough muscle to put away the credit card for a while? After all, most of the enemies we have these days are sporting 40 year old AK-47s and homemade IEDs. The weapons they used most effectively against us were boxcutters.
As a wise old soldier once told us:
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Let us take his sound advice, and remain alert and knowledgeable. After all, the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. On that front, a lack of vigilance is a mistake we may be able to make only once.
For any interested, here is the entire Zmirak piece: http://www.takimag.com/blogs/article/the_pentagon_is_a_money_toilet/