We are in a dangerous zero-sum world in which a military reduction in the United States means a military increase somewhere else. To break out of this situation and create a virtuous circle of military reductions, we must pursue a three-prong strategy.
If the Tea Party actually gave a damn about what the Founding Fathers said, they'd be screaming at the top of their lungs about getting rid of the most pernicious threat to our liberty and solvency that ever existed: our military.
Any serious battle plan to reduce the deficit must take on the Pentagon. When debt ceilings and deficits seem to be the only two items on Washington's agenda it is both revealing and tragic that both parties give a free pass to military spending.
A serious look at the budget reveals some "leaks" -- two in actual spending practices and two in the basic assumptions that undergird the budget itself. Ship-shape as it may look on the surface, this is a budget perilously close to an iceberg.
Let's pause a moment as the New Year begins and take stock of ourselves as what we truly are: the preeminent war-making machine on planet Earth. Let's consider just what the American way of war might have in store for us in 2010.
Washington is sending tremendous amounts of military material into autocratic Middle Eastern nations and building-up bases in countries whose governments often prefer that no publicity be given to the growing American military "footprint."