WHY ISN’T ANYONE TALKING ABOUT: Congress Defends Historic Budget For Wars They Never Voted For

Democrats and Republicans defend the $740 BILLION defense budget, claiming there must be a conversation on the future strategy before it is reduced. Yet there were no conversations about the illegal wars the US has waged that had nothing to do with “Freedom and Democracy”

On today’s edition of “Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About This?” it is no secret that the United States has the largest military budget in the world, and that it’s more than the new several countries on the list—combined. But even though every time the Pentagon wants a raise, it gets a raise, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is saying that in order for there to be a reduction to the annual $740 BILLION Defense budget, they must have a conversation about the strategy.

Democratic Chairman Adam Smith said he is “unconvinced” by calls for budget cuts, claiming there needs to be a “conversation about what’s the strategy, what’s the plan going forward.” 

Yet there was never a conversation about the strategy the US was employing when it started every armed conflict it has engaged in over the last 20 years…

What was the strategy when the US decided to invade Afghanistan, and then continued to carry on a war it knew it couldn’t win, after reports continued to show how the US was contributing to corruption in the country?

Where was the conversation about whether Iraq actually had weapons of mass destruction when the US decide to invade another country and start another war that is still ongoing to this day?

What was the strategy when the US supported a violent and deadly coup in Libya that has only created more violence and poverty in a country that now has a slave trade?

Where was the conversation about whether the US should be helping its close ally Saudi Arabia wage war in Yemen that has now become the worst humanitarian crisis in the world—and is still going on to this day?

What was the strategy when the US decided to arm “moderate rebels” in Syria, which has now turned into the decision to keep troops in a country where they’re not wanted and to opening brag about stealing a sovereign nation’s oil?

While it’s great to say we need to have a conversation about the US foreign policy strategy moving forward, we also need to have a conversation about all of the war criminals in the US Government who have gotten away with unspeaking crimes and have faced no accountability whatsoever—and that is something everyone should be talking about.

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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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