Here is a partial list of amendments of interest to those who wish to cut the military budget. The first two -- accelerated military withdrawal from Afghanistan and establishing a commission on the closing of foreign military bases -- are my personal favorites.
If President Obama manages to eke out a second term, perhaps Sen. Jim Webb could return as the head of the Pentagon to preside over the end of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and a true dismantling of the military-industrial complex.
The conundrum this documentary comes up against is, for every still-active 90-year-old Okinawan living on fish and seaweed, there's a 120-year-old French woman smoking Gauloises, drinking wine and eating chocolate.
Some animals should be endangered. Consider the V-22 Osprey. Although canceling the program would save the U.S. over $10 billion, the Osprey avoided the budget axe in the latest round of cuts on Capitol Hill.
Amidst all the blather about "shared sacrifice," there is one other group of powerful people that are largely escaping budget pain, in the plans of leaders of both parties, besides the super-rich: the partisans of the Empire.
Military forces in both Koreas, China's northeast, Japan, and Russia's Far East are on high alert; so are US forces in the region. But chances still are against full scale conflict, because both sides have so much to lose.
Many Japanese feel throttled by their American ally and feel that they have less and less choice in the security relationship -- constrained both by regional realities and an overlord that doesn't understand their problems.