Rancid wrote:Ultimately, that's a constant that's always present in every administration. That's just a baseline, so it's besides my point.
That USA presidents are just spokesmodels for the military, banks, and corporations might beside YOUR point, but it's right on target for the point of this thread. That Trump has sabotaged coronavirus response (like any president would have).
Finian Cunningham wrote:...Trump wants – and boasts about it too – European NATO members to spend an extra $400 billion on the military by the year 2024. His regular shaming of them for allegedly “taking advantage” of the US for defence is part of this extortionate shakedown.
Spain and Italy, for example, increased their military budgets by 13.7 and 5.1 per cent from 2017 to 2018. That works out at a total spend by Spain of $18.25 billion on its military in 2018. For Italy, the figure was $27.8bn.
The same pattern of a spike in military spending is seen for other European states – all in response to Trump’s boorish demands for these nations to increase “NATO commitments”, which is a euphemism for subsidizing America’s military-industrial complex.
The fact that European nations have meekly acquiesced to Trump’s bullying speaks of the servile nature of their governments towards Washington.
Just think: if Spain, Italy or any other European nation had invested the billions of dollars they wasted on the military to rather instead improve their public health services then the current coronavirus crisis would in all probability not be a crisis. It would be contained by a capacious and well-funded public health system.
That is why Trump’s bilious attacks on European so-called allies is so sickening. He is not only kicking them when they are down. They are down in large measure because of Trump’s bullying and racketeering over obscenely wasteful military spending on NATO. How bitterly ironic too. Spending excess billions on security and defence has left Europe (and America) completely wide open to attack and disaster....
All presidents ensure that the USA also maxes out its military budget, in order to enforce sanctions and destroy countries with resources that could make a few rich people even richer. Health care be damned, is all the presidents doing.
Magical thinking helps people to accept poor governance.
That's why religion and entertainment media are so popular.