Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Arming the World

While there are many questions the top corporate media have already picked to ask the two major presidential candidates, good inquiries about the dangerous policy of arming the world with billions of dollars of weaponry will not be among them. Since FDR's long imperial rule, the United States government has given trillions to other countries. Often tied foreign aid, much of this sum has been spent on securing American military craft for foreign powers.

In Afghanistan, the US funded Osama bin Laden and his "freedom fighters" during the 1980s Soviet-Afghan War. Years later when the US invaded that country, everything from US vehicles to rocket-propelled grenades were found with the label, Made in the USA. More disturbing, since 9/11, the United States has given over $10 billion to the president of Pakistan, Perez Musharraf, a military dictator who seized power during a coup in 1999. Much of this money was borrowed from China.

Something about this equation does not seem quite right. American people work hard two out of five days a week for their intrusive and irresponsible government. And out of this hard work, they must dedicated almost a third of their earnings to prop up military dictatorships abroad, as well as arm nation against nation. Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, France, Japan, Korea, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Georgia, and Iraq. The list is endless.

It's time the American people began to ask serious questions to those who race toward the throne of Emperor of the World. It is time to end phony debates about being strong on defense and following bin Laden to the gates of hell. Let's look at what is really destroying the public trust in our government, and the actions which put Americans in greater danger every day.

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