Alarm, fear, panic, hysteria, dread are loose in Washington DC. Here are sample headlines which sum up why our lawmakers have emptied the shelves of smelling salts in the local apothecaries:
Our "official" defense budget for 2019 is $716 billion -- $686 billion earmarked for the Department of Defense. That's four times the defense budget of China, ten times the defense budget of Russia.
AND WE CAN'T WIN A WAR WITH THESE TWO BACKWARD, UPSTART NATIONS?
What's the explanation? We've got the best-equipped, most powerful military money can buy. We've got the largest navy, the most submarines, the largest air force, the most tanks and artillery. We have over 800 bases around the world. And we can't win a war against Russia or China?
What's going on?
Glad you asked.
It seems that the peddlers of this paranoiac prattle, aka pitchmen for the MIC and all who profit from promoting war, left out two words.
What two words?
The two words are ... (drumroll) ... 'of aggression'.
That's right we can't win a war OF AGGRESSION against China or Russia.
What's left out of the sales pitch for more astronomical increases in our defense spending is some simple straightforward talk, which would undercut the whole argument for more military might.