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Letter: Buck, shift attention to education, technology

Posted: August 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.

No matter what Howard “Buck” McKeon talks about, he always has to bring it back to the cutting of our military budget and how we will all suffer for it.

According to The Washington Post, since 2001, the United States has spent about $1.3 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Post also states that the total of both wars will end up costing the people of the United States about $3 trillion.

Buck cries wolf every chance he gets to scare people into believing that we need more military to keep our country safe. For example, he once mentioned in a commentary how we are reducing our Navy and Air Force.

But nowhere does he mention that the United States accounted for 43 percent of Global Distribution of Military Expenditures in 2010. China was second at 7.3 percent.

As far as our nuclear-powered supercarriers (aircraft carriers), we have 11. Each ship costs approximately $4.5 billion. France is second with one.

So, Buck, instead of thinking like it’s still 1950, you need to realize that other countries are strategically hurting us more by investing in our country’s business assets.

China, a country that may pose security and/or viral damage, is already at $8 billion for the year. Many of those investments are for our technological companies.

The days of “playing army” are done. Stop worrying about your government military contacts and start worrying about education and new tech businesses.


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