Trump’s new era of militarism and mendacity

Source: CounterPunch
by Melvin Goodman

“In April 1953, soon after the death of Joseph Stalin, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his ‘cross of Iron’ speech, warning against ‘destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.’ Eisenhower wanted to avoid the enormous domestic price that would accompany unwarranted military spending. And military spending, he emphasized, meant ‘spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.’ This is exactly what Trump is calling for in a federal budget that takes direct aim at scientific and medical research, the endowments for the arts and humanities, and the block grants for food and housing support. Even the Department of Energy’s tiny program to help insulate the houses of the poor would be eliminated. Meanwhile, the over-financed military will received an increase of $54 billion, which is equal to the former budget of the Department of State as well as the entire defense budget of Russia.” (03/17/17)