War spending is homefront threat

To the editor:

As we rally to find a way to make schools safe from guns in America, our homegrown, domestic terror, let us not forgot that America’s generals can claim victory not in the many places around the world where they are based and spreading US arms, but in Congress.

Our legislators have granted an increase of $165 billion to the Defense Department. At a time when we feel obliged to thank every solder for their service, we should be asking what we are paying for when nothing else (except tax deductions for milllionaires) seems worthy of funding.

The global “war on terror” is a war against an idea, a concept, and it creates more terror. We have been fighting this war for 17 years at a cost of $5.6 trillion and the lives of 14,000 U.S. soldiers, along with an estimated 380,000 Afghans and Iraqis. It is time to look at how we deploy our forces around the world in an endless war without boundaries or limits on time or geography.

Where is our “homeland security” when a long list of domestic programs are underfunded and/or on the chopping block? Budget is policy. How we spend our money reflects our values. What is it that makes America great?