Dick Cheney: We Should Spend More on War, Less on the Poor

dick-cheney-criminalI just don’t get it.  I really don’t.  Why are people still viewing Dick Cheney as someone credible to interview on matters pertaining to this country?  Especially our national defense.

Outside of saying, “Saddam Hussein is a bad person,” Dick Cheney was wrong on just about damn near everything related to our national defense for eight years.

They never got Osama bin Ladin; we were never greeted as “liberators” by the Iraqi people; the mission wasn’t “accomplished” in 2003; Iraq wasn’t harboring terrorism; they didn’t have weapons of mass destruction and Iraq isn’t a safer place with Saddam gone.

Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that he’s admitted to committing various war crimes.

Yet for some unfathomable reason the opinion of this seemingly soulless former vice president is still something many within the media seek out.

Recently, Politico sponsored an event where Dick Cheney was apparently one of the “experts” brought in to speak.  And Cheney proceeded to prove that he’s nothing more than a shill for big defense companies and couldn’t care less about actual Americans.

Cheney disagreed with the recent cuts to defense spending while trumpeting the usual warmongering alarm that defense spending must come before everything else.

“That ought to be our top priority for spending. Not food stamps, not highways or anything else,” Cheney said. “Your No. 1 responsibility as president is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. Obama is the commander-in-chief and he’s absolutely devastating the United States military today.”

To put these ridiculous comments into perspective, in 2013 we spent $618.7 billion on military expenditures.  If you combined the military budgets of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany and India ($595.4 billion total) you still wouldn’t equal what we spent on our military.

You could cut our defense budget in half and it would still almost be double that of China’s.

Mind you, he’s also someone who’s a member of the party that wants to cut taxes.  You know, the revenue we use to pay for little things like $618.7 billion on our military.  So spend more while taking in less.  That’s Republican “logic” on full display.

And we can’t ignore the fact that Cheney essentially said that we should let our poor starve, our roads crumble and ignore everything else – but keep growing our defense budget.

It’s ironic how some Republicans accuse Obama of acting like a king or an emperor, yet Republicans like Dick Cheney essentially want the United States to rule the planet with the might of our military.  People like him want to create the Empire of America.

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe a strong military is key to our national security and our influence all throughout the world.  But it’s asinine to believe that we should let our poor starve, roads fall apart and neglect many of the basic things Americans need just so that we can grow a defense budget that dwarfs every other county’s by far.

And I’m sure the fact that Dick Cheney was once CEO of one of the largest defense companies in the world has nothing to do with his obsession with more defense spending.

These comments just bring me back to the rule I’ve said we need to follow for years: If you were directly involved in one of the biggest fiascos in United States history (the Iraq War) you should be banned from offering your opinion on anything related to our national defense, our military or war.

Because you clearly don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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