Student loans, pensions, health care programs, school budgets are being cut across America. There hasn’t been the big investment in clean energy solutions that we were promised. We’ve had over a decade of war, and it’s planned to go on for several years more, at least. Foreclosures are on the rise again, and tens of millions of Americans remain out of work. A congressional supercommittee is working on a package of massive budget cuts that will lead to, if they are not approved of, a round of massive budget cuts.
It’s in this context that Barack Obama is announcing an expansion of the U.S. military in the Pacific region. As we’re struggling to make ends meet here at home, Obama wants to spend more on military strategy in an arena where the United States hasn’t suffered aggression since Pearl Harbor.
Must we? Is Australia in crisis? Is South Korea on the verge? Couldn’t we have a little expansion of domestic power within the American region?
In 2008, Barack Obama was promoted as an anti-war candidate. In 2012, he’ll be running as a chum of the military-industrial complex.