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I can't believe what I'm about to say, but here it goes: I agree with the Tea Party. It seems that more and more Republicans in the House are considering letting sequestration take effect and allowing the across the board spending cuts to go into place. I whole heartily agree with them. It is long past time to get our "defense" spending under control. I use the words defense in quotes because what are we really defending anymore? We spend so much of our treasure on weapons of war that it has nearly bankrupted our country.
What is so tragic about our current state of affairs in the world is that we fell exactly into the trap that was set for us after 9/11. Bin Laden did not think that he could defeat us militarily. That was never his intention. He stated as much in multiple interviews and video's. In 2004 he told Al_Jazeera: "We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah." He was smart enough to know what our reaction to 9/11 would be and we took the bait. America has been engaged in multiple wars costing taxpayers 1,420,500,000,000 and counting and can anyone out there say we are truly safer? Is there such a thing as to be safe from terrorism? It's an idea, an ideology. We have put 1.5 trillion on our credit card to fight an ideology.
It is well past time for Americans to have a conversation about our desire for a constant war. It's as if we can't function if there isn't a boogy man out there. While we spend trillions on machines that kill and maim, we divest from education, health care, social programs, etc. Spending so much on "defense" while we watch millions of our citizens go without food, without a proper education, without a chance at the "American Dream."
So I'll say it again, and most likely the last time: I agree with the Tea Party. It's time to tell the Pentagon that they need to tighten up their belt.