When people think of the costs of war, what usually comes to mind is the killing of civilians and the destruction of infrastructure in countries that are invaded. What’s less apparent to them is the price of militarization to the country that invades.
A small example of that kind of cost came last week in the form of an earmark inserted into this year’s military appropriations bill by U.S. Representative John Carter. The earmark would spend two and a half million dollars to restore land within Fort Hood that have been ruined by military training exercises.
That’s just the cost for the land at one military base. Multiply that cost by all the military bases in the country, and the cost gets a great deal larger. Then consider that the military training exercises are going to continue, ruining the land all over again.
American politicians get whipped up so easily about the military defense of what’s come to be described as the “Homeland” that they’ve ignored the threat to the actual home land of the United States of America. If we want to see a real danger to American land and wealth, we don’t need to look over enemies overseas. We only need to find a mirror.