Cost of War

 

                                                             

     The Hawaiian activist Kaleikoa Kaeo descibed the U.S. military in Hawai`i as a monstrous he`e, (octopus), its head represented by the Pacific Command Headquarters, its eyes and ears the mountaintop telescopes, radar facilities and underwater sensors, and its brain and nervous system the supercomputers and fiber optic networks that crisscross the islands. The tentacles of the he`e stretch from the west coast of north America to the east coast of Asia, from Alaska to Antarctica.

     The more that a country prepares for war, the more likely it is that the country will be at war. America spends 30%, by some estimates 50% of tax revenues for war, and as a consequence is in the longest protracted war in its history, with no end in sight.

The Obama budget proposes a $115 Billion increase placing special emphasis on the western Pacific basin to receive long range military planning. The administration has labelled this the Pacific Pivot. The purpose is to make the U.S. the "security enforcer" for the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement being negotiated among transnational corporations and their governments. The Obama Administration is requesting $495.6 billion for the Department of Defense in fiscal year 2015, which begins on Oct.1,2014. Once projected war costs are included, the new 2015 budget proposal would spend a total of $648 billion on all military programs. Since 2001, this country has spent $1.57 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Is this the way to Peace?
 


The costs of naval war practice is buried in these numbers. Rim of the Pacific "exercises" are part of this budget. What does Rimpac have to do with any of this? As a practical matter, almost nothing. It is a 23 nation promotion stunt designed to glamorize their navies and war, on a level with cheerleaders at professional football games wearing camouflage outfits while military jets thunder over the stadium. The populace is anaesthetized to the creeping and pervasive infiltration of militarism at all levels of society, and it's paid for by citizens of all twenty three countries still climbing out of the great recession.

Any practical enhancement of war making capability arising from Rimpac is negligible and can be accomplished using computer simulation, saving millions of dollars and most importanty the lives of untold numbers of sea creatures.

We have US Senators, Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono and US Representatives, Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa. We need to contact them and ask them about the Big Picture of this huge expenditure of money for war and we need to ask them, specifically, to stop the war against the ocean by putting a red line in the military budget for naval warfare "practice" in Hawai'i.
 
 

 


DC Address: The Honorable Mazie Hirono
United States Senate
330 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1104
DC Phone: 202-224-6361
DC Fax: 202-224-2126
Contact Senator Hirono: http://www.hirono.senate.gov/contact/email

 

 

DC Address: The Honorable Brian Schatz
United States Senate
722 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1105
DC Phone: 202-224-3934
DC Fax: 202-228-1153
Contact Senator Schatz: http://www.schatz.senate.gov/contact

 

 

DC Address: The Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
United States House of Representatives
502 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1102
DC Phone: 202-225-4906
DC Fax: 202-225-4987
Contact Representative Gabbard: https://forms.house.gov/formsgabbard/webforms/email-me.shtml

 

 

DC Address: The Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
United States House of Representatives
238 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1101
DC Phone: 202-225-2726
DC Fax: 202-225-0688
Contact Representative Hanabusa: https://hanabusa.house.gov/contact-me/email-me