Buying a Bigger Club

 

As Russia infiltrates our online infrastructure and as China quietly buys up the Third World, America seeks to achieve invulnerability by creating a massive military force.

That’s like a cave man shaping a bigger club to protect himself from nerve gas.

These are complicated times, and a military budget nearing a trillion dollars won’t necessarily protect us from our enemies or enhance our global dominance.

America is under attack in subtle and surreptitious ways, and I wonder whether our leaders are prepared for this kind of warfare.

How much of that defense budget is earmarked for Florida’s breached voting records?

How much will go to shielding the nation’s power grid from hackers?

What’s being done to determine and reverse the apparently numerous cyber assaults by the Russians?

With a Manchurian Candidate in the White House and Congress cowering before him, I suspect such concerns will receive little if any attention.

The big bucks will¬† go to updated aircraft carriers and ballistic submarines… showy props like that. And the budget scarily includes new nuclear warheads.

The United States spends more on national defense than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, United Kingdom and Japan combined.

And it’s creating a massive National Debt in the process.

To maintain its lavish spending on arms, America is undermining its economic stability and starving essential domestic programs.

Obviously, this strategy isn’t working.

In the complex struggle for world dominance, China and Russia are gaining ground while America’s influence is waning.

And Trump’s ham handed reality show is doing nothing to change the trend.

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gwgraeme

I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for Jamaicans.com

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