Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in a recent speech at John Hopkins University, said, “We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists, but great-power competition — not terrorism — is now the primary focus of U.S. national security.” Mattis wants more money for the military to prepare for a conflict with Russia and China. Unbelievable.

We spend seven times what Russia spends on defense. The recent budget deal increases this number to eight. Crazy! This increase is put on the credit card passing the cost to future generations. Insane.

We get poor results from our defense spending. We have been at war in Afghanistan for 17 years, and the country remains a mess. We invaded Iraq in 2003, destabilizing the entire Mideast allowing Al-Qaida and ISIS to gain a foothold in the region. We turned Libya into a failed state that now harbors terrorists. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed.

We ask our military to solve problems that have no military solution. Meanwhile, Donald Trump slashes the State Department budget. Our defense budget is $700 billion. The state department receives $40 billion.

We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can’t bomb it to peace. Trump said he would end our stupid wars, which was just another empty campaign promise. Now he wants a big military parade to boost his ego. We’re pouring money down a Pentagon rat hole, while we can’t even provide security for our school kids. It’s time to make some changes.

NORMAN AULABAUGH

Orfordville

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