Is the US spending too much on the military?

11/03/09 Robert Lorei
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about federal spending, the budget deficit and how it's impacted by the Pentagon budget.

Our guest today says that soon the combined costs of the wars in Afghanistan will reach one trillion dollars and that in the last few years US military spending has risen sharply. How does that spending impact the national debt? Could the money be better spent?

Our guest is Jo Comerford, the Executive Director of the National Priorities Project. Previously, she served as Director of Programs at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and directed the American Friends Service Committee's justice and peace-related community organizing efforts in western Massachusetts.


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Rob; Isn't it about time that the USA realized it can no longer afford to be the 'world's cop?" It is time to wake up and right the wrongs of the biggest Ponzi scheme of all time: reaganomics. We are bankrupting the future of our progeny in order to spread our version of democracy & economics, which the world apparently doesn't want, if international resistance to our presence is any barometer. We have been under the influence of what President Eisenhower predicted, the "military-industrial complex," for more than five decades. In the immortal words of Pogo, "We have met the enemy, and he is us. Mike [Clearwater] Curmy