Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Bush Budget Travesty

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One noxious point to Bush's outrageous is that while it splurges on weapons system, it short-changes the UN peacekeeping operations by $500 million (thanks to Matthew Yglesias for posting this).
I can't quantify how important peacekeeping is when measured against domestic military spending, but my feeling is that US military spending does little for our own security and often increases global insecurity. UN peacekeeping, on the other hand, does much good for global security, and could be even better if they had the resources to improve it. It is therefore outrageous that Bush can't get a meagre $500 million for this worthy cause while he allocates $515 billion so the pentagon and its contractors can build unneeded weapons systems.
More on misplaced spending priorities later.

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