Chris Hedges in his latest missive writes:
The multibillion-dollar extravaganza of our electoral Circus Maximus is part of the smokescreen that covers the ongoing devastation of globalization, deindustrialization, trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, endless war, climate change and the intrusion into every corner of our lives by the security and surveillance state. Our democracy is dead. Clinton and Donald Trump do not have the power or the interest to revive it. They kneel before the war machine, which consumes trillions of dollars to wage futile wars and bankroll a bloated military. To defy the fortress state is political suicide. Politicians are courtiers to Wall Street. The candidates mouth the clichés of justice, improvements in income equality and democratic choice, but it is a cynical game. Once it is over, the victors will go to Washington to work with the lobbyists and financial elites to carry out the real business of ruling.
A good example of the above is the latest propping up of Israel apartheid. One is hard pressed to understand foreign aid sent to a wealthy country. Think of all the desperately poor countries who could use this money.
Out of luck. they are just poor and “Christian” America needs “strategic”allies like Israel a US surrogate, the country which has advanced the science and technology of penning people up and monitoring their every movement.
The United States will be giving Israel $38 billion in military aid to Israel.
Under the new agreement, Israel will be receiving $38 billion in military equipment from the United States, amounting to $3.8 billion per year over a ten-year period from 2019 to 2029, according to Haaretz. The current US/Israel military aid package, which is due to expire in 2018, originally allotted roughly $3.1 billion per year in subsidies to Israel’s military. Congress recently voted to increase that aid by $500 million annually. $5 billion of the new $38 billion deal is expected to be spent on missile defense systems.
Budgets as we know are moral document and the amount of money spent on the US empire with its bases all over the world continues to be a mortal sin given the domestic needs of not only its own people but other poor countries. Why underwrite an advanced country like Israel? Why spend so much money on war preparation?
Bernie Sanders quixotic presidential run was too idealistic for the bought and paid for US Congress— free college education, raise the minimum wage to $15, expand Social Security and address the widening income and wealth gap and the criminal justice system. Dream on Bernie. Spending on these things would starve the war machine.
Michael Moore’s lovely film Where to Invade Next reminded Americans that many of these “unrealistic” and “socialist” ideals become a reality in many European countries. This will hardly dent the thick heads of Trump supporters who still believe America is the land of opportunity, the exceptional nation.
The military boondoggle and the outrageous gifts to Israel is obscene. According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and National Priorities Project, 53.71 percent, or $598 billion, of the discretionary spending in 2015 was on the military, more than the combined spending on education, medical care and health, housing and community, energy and environment, transportation, science, food and agriculture, veterans’ benefits and government.
It is to weep.