In the winter of 1985 I was driving through the Mojave Desert with a friend, talking about our apparent need for new river gear. As we passed the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Base, a man unexpectedly appeared on the side of the road selling used ammo cans. My friend and I laughed wildly and quickly came to realize that the moment was "All In A Days' Karma". This blog contains the occasional ramblings of a died-in-the-wool westerner who loves seeing, understanding, and being alive upon these landscapes. I cherish the moments of bliss and irony that come to all of us as we explore the planet and its residents (and perhaps visitors) in the short time we are here.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The True Cost of War

Our country is mired in conflicts around the world while segments of our own society languish and suffer. War is the true reason that we do not have the financial resources to address our many problems. Our leaders tell us that there are threats looming everywhere but their own policies often incite these threats.

Stop the madness! Check out this web site to see just how much of our Federal discretionary spending goes to the Department of Defense, nuclear weapons and Veteran Affairs: A counter at the top right on this web site shows how much we spend each second to create wars. The rate is astounding.

America can be great again but we will never be great if we continue to foment unrest around the world. Our citizens are not inherently hostile to other people, yet our policies and certain special interests have co-opted the system to make us the largest war-mongers on the planet.