“Military madness is killing our country

So much sadness between you and me.”

— Graham Nash, during the Vietnam War

The U.S. spends 51 percent of our income tax dollars on military spending. In 2010, the U.S. spent close to $1 trillion on military-related expenditures. We spend more on the military than the next 19 countries combined.

Why are we doing this? Who makes money from war and how do they convince us to support their wars?

Obviously, with a $1 trillion per year price tag on military spending, there’s big bucks to be made by weapons manufacturers, private contractors and the surveillance, intelligence and communications industries. The U.S. elite (made up of wealthy people and corporations, including media, and their government servants in all branches of government) is convinced it is their God-given right to control or own the resources of the world.

The elite and their media convince the gullible American public that they are in mortal danger from “the other” across the globe and that it is in their interests to support the elite wars.

What’s happening with U.S. policy toward Afghanistan right now is a case in point. Last year, President Barack Obama said he would begin a withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2011, but he now seems determined to continue the war in Afghanistan until 2014.

Large numbers of Congressional representatives want out, but have not raised their voices in a clear and consistent way. They need to hear from you now.

Call your congressperson (Jared Polis for Boulder) and Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennett at 202-224-3121 and ask them to bring home all the troops from Afghanistan now.

Also ask Rep. Jared Polis to join the Out of Afghanistan Caucus and to co-sponsor HR 6045, Barbara Lee’s bill limiting the use of government funds to the “safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan” of all military personnel and Defense Department contractors.

Also, join the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center’s efforts to stop war by calling 303-444-6981.

Without all of our efforts, military madness will inevitably continue.

Carolyn Bninski is an associate of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.

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