Just finished watching the documentary Why We Fight. I’m a little late to the game, but what a fantastic documentary. It avoids cheap emotional tricks, and does a tremendous job of laying out the evidence supporting Dwight Eisenhower’s statement about the dangers of the military-industrial complex. Followed it up with the good – but not quite as great – film Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers, explaining who is making money off of the Iraq War, and at whose expense.
Bottom line – I have my doubts as to whether democracy and capitalism/consumerism can coexist and remain healthy. Our democracy is clearly not healthy. Far too much of our war machine is designed to create profit for corporations, rather than to defend our democracy. We don’t fight to protect our freedom – we fight to protect the interests of the military-industrial complex (profits and resources needed to generate those profits). I believe we need a military of an appropriate size, with appropriate capabilities and appropriate technology. What we have now is a vastly bloated military budget, which under the “transformational” policies of military force the current Administration espouses means an ever increasing slice of that pie going to contractors, rather than force salaries.
BTW, my entire post-college career has been as a defense contractor. Including right now.