“I see very little reason to engage in war, unless it’s to protect the lives of Americans or for humanitarian reasons.”
– Arturo Carmona
The U.S. military should not be an extension of U.S. corporate interests. I believe we need a new doctrine that is about global stability, world peace, humanitarianism, and prosperity.
While there is clearly a threat from terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, we should only involve ourselves in efforts to combat radical terrorist groups only if those efforts are a part of an international coalition with a majority of Muslim nations.
U.S. defense spending is larger than that of the next seven highest-spending nations combined. We must firmly reject any increase in defense spending at the cost of cuts to domestic social spending.
After all, budgets are about priorities, and when you have an exorbitant amount of resources dedicated to building a war machine, it speaks loudly of the values of a nation. We need to shift those resources back home to build our communities right here at home.
Because we have a voluntary military, the population of the U.S. Armed Forces consists of mainly working-class individuals from urban and rural communities across our nation. Imagine if we were to shift the resources we spend on the military to domestic spending.