Needs a Patriotic, Broad-Based and Politically Independent Opposition to War
In his first year President Obama broke several war-making
records of President George W. Bush. He
passed the largest military budget in U.S. history, the largest one-year
war supplementals and fired the most drone attacks on the most countries. He began 2010 asking for another $30 billion
war supplemental and with the White House indicating that the next military
budget will be $708 billion, breaking Obama's previous record.
While some commentators on MSNBC hailed Obama as the peace
candidate, he has done more for war in a shorter time than many other
commanders-in-chief. U.S. attacks on
other countries are not challenged in any serious way even if they result in
consistent loss of innocent civilian life.
It is not healthy for American democracy to allow unquestioned
militarism and put war budgets on a path of automatic growth despite the U.S. spending
as much as the rest of the world combined on weapons and war.
Anti-war opposition has failed and needs to begin anew. The peace movement which atrophied during the
election year now must re-make itself.
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Kevin Zeese is co-chair of Come Home America, www.ComeHomeAmerica.US which seeks to end U.S. militarism and empire. He is also co-director of Its Our Economy, www.ItsOurEconomy.US which seeks to democratize the economy and give people greater (more...