Biden’s proposal for a 10% increase in “defense” spending is greater than any “defense” spending proposal Trump ever made. But you know, the Biden vs. Trump election was a seismic showdown of two radically opposing worldviews— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 29, 2022
Biden and Trump had virtually identical foreign policy positions in 2020, but this was obscured by partisan propagandists whose livelihood depends on casting every Dem vs. GOP battle as a life-or-death confrontation between polar ideological opposites. Which is of course total BS— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 29, 2022
This is how “our democracy” works, folks.
Elites conspire to start a proxy war with Russia in Ukraine. There is no public debate or input about it at all. The public isn’t even aware that there is a war going on in Ukraine or that our government is supporting it “to fight the Russians over there.” No one has ever heard of Donbas.
Foreign policy decisions that have staggering consequences for everyone who lives here are made by unelected natsec bureaucrats. The CIA and various NGOs go into Ukraine and foment a color revolution to topple the government. They destabilize the country and create a crisis there which eventually boils over. When Donald Trump tried to stop the arm shipments to Ukraine, he was impeached by Congress for going against the “official policy” set by unelected bureaucrats like Alexander Vindman whose mandate comes from the Deep State. The president doesn’t even control our foreign policy.
Now that our elites have maneuvered us into a state of war with Russia, we have no choice but to spend $800 billion dollars on the Pentagon. We might need to spend $1 trillion a year for the foreseeable future because of this crisis in Ukraine which our politicians stoked and created in order to continue to wash out billions of dollars from the American taxpayer now that Afghanistan and GWOT can no longer be used for that purpose. We need all of this extra spending for our own “security.” Trump was elected with a mandate to improve relations with Russia and reduce tensions and this where we are at in 2022.
“Democracy” is voting D for billions of more dollars on defense spending or R for even more billions of dollars in defense spending. The house (i.e., Washington) always wins. Bipartisanship is also flooding Ukraine with weapons and co-signing the death of thousands of Russian soldiers there in order to create the enmity that will last for the rest of our lives to ensure that this grift can get even worse and that it will go on for decades. Military spending goes up and up while the world becomes more dangerous.
What is the result of all this bipartisanship in Washington? A devastating war in Ukraine. Yet another refugee crisis like the one in Syria. An energy shock. Higher prices. More militarism. More imperialism. More censorship. More surveillance. Less freedom. Less room in the budget for social spending. The return of the specter of nuclear war. Have you noticed how this seems to just keep happening?
BTW, you now know why the “journalists” cried out in such pain after the catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan. The end of the war in Afghanistan WAS WORSE than the war which lasted for 20 years and which had all but disappeared from the news cycle. How could we have continued to justify all that GWOT defense spending without Afghanistan? WHAT WERE WE GOING TO DO WITHOUT A WAR???
Washington held out for less than six months. That comes for something, right?
Note: You may have noticed how much the Washington metro area has changed over the past 20 years. There is a reason why it feels like you are stepping into a parallel gilded universe when you cross into the metro area from Real Virginia and it has everything to do with the GWOT.