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MILITARY: Our wars haven’t made us safer

Letter by Ted Sanford, Gig Harbor on Nov. 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm with No Comments »
November 11, 2013 3:24 pm

Re: “Ford-class ships boost ability” (TNT, 11-10).

Mackenzie Eaglen says we need a fleet of new “Ford-class” super aircraft carriers at about $14 billion apiece. Writing as a veteran on Veterans Day, I ask why must we have the wars she apparently anticipates?

When, since World War II, has war ever made us more prosperous or secure? Vietnam was a flat-out loss despite thousands of dead and wounded on both sides and thousands of Vietnamese still suffering from our use of poison gas – which is what Agent Orange is.

Far from making us any safer, hatreds generated by our occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and now by our killing of civilians with drones have only generated more terrorists.

It is the disconnect between the military industrial complex and the rest of us which fuels modern wars. If wars had to be fought by our children, drafted for the purpose and paid for now by our taxes, there wouldn’t be any. Wars make a very few filthy rich but are disastrous for the rest of us. Wake up, Americans!

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