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US military spending marches on

by Mark Engler Saturday, Mar. 05, 2011 at 6:27 AM
mbatko@yahoo.com

Sec. Gates astounded many this week in declaring that anyone desiring a long-term land war in the Middle East "should have his head examined." Empires like Narcissus fall in love with their reflection and drown. The US empire could become a republic (Chalmers Johnson).

"That Congress is now slowing increases in defence spending can be seen as a small measure of progress. But we should not fool ourselves into believing that our elected officials intend to consider serious cuts to the military as part of their budget debate. Instead, what they have "on the table" is continued expansion of a seemingly insatiable military-industrial complex."

-- Mark Engler is a senior analyst with Foreign Policy In Focus and author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy (Nation Books, 2008). He can be reached via the website http://www.DemocracyUprising.com.

to read Mark Engler's article "US military spending marches on" published in: guardian.uk Feb 28, 2011, click on
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/feb/28/us-military-public-finance
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