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'..Pentagon spending .. substantial and enduring budget reductions..'

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'As long as fear, greed, and hubris are the dominant factors driving Pentagon spending, no matter who is in the White House, substantial and enduring budget reductions are essentially inconceivable. A wasteful practice may be eliminated here or an unnecessary weapons system cut there, but more fundamental change would require taking on the fear factor, the doctrine of armed exceptionalism, and the way the military-industrial complex is embedded in Washington.

Only such a culture shift would allow for a clear-eyed assessment of what constitutes “defense” and how much money would be needed to provide it. Unfortunately, the military-industrial complex that Eisenhower warned Americans about more than 50 years ago is alive and well, and gobbling up your tax dollars at an alarming rate.'

- William D. Hartung, Why Is It So Hard to Reduce the Pentagon Budget? November 4, 2016


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(Peace) NATO - Non-lethal weapons '..allow suspects to be stopped without killing them..'