Greater military spending – border walls – and vilification of the Other in the name of ‘winning’ doesn’t bode well.
I came of age during America’s Cold War with the Soviet Union – witnessing its denouement while serving in the U.S. military.
In those days the USSR led the world’s weapons trade – providing arms to the Warsaw Pact (the military alliance it dominated) as well as to client states like Cuba Egypt and Syria.
The United States usually came in second in arms dealing – a dubious silver medal that could at least be rationalized as a justifiable response to Soviet aggression – part of the necessary price for a longstanding policy of ‘containment’.
In 1983 President Ronald Reagan had dubbed the Soviet Union an ‘evil empire”’in part because of its militarism and aggressive push to sell weaponry around the globe – often accompanied by Soviet troops – ostensibly as trainers and advisers.After the USSR imploded in 1991 dominating the world’s arms trade somehow came to seem so much less evil.In fact faced with large trade deficits a powerful military-industrial complex looking for markets and ever more global military commitments – Washington actively sought to promote and sell American-made weaponry on a remarkable scale.And in that it succeeded admirably.
Today when it comes to building and exporting murderous weaponry no other country – not even that evil-empire-substitute Vladimir Putin’s Russia – comes faintly close.
The U.S. doth bestride the world of arms production and dealing like a colossus.