It is time to sort out our priorities. I have recounted the interview of Jimmy Carter when he was asked ‘How did the Chinese economy grow so much over the last 40 years?’ He answered with the question, ‘How many military conflicts has China been involved with over the last 40 years?’ Well, they invested heavily in infrastructure and increasing the wealth and affluence of the Chinese people. They invested heavily in education and making scientific advances in critical technological areas and have become world leaders in a few. Yes, they cheated by stealing intellectual property from the US and others. They thought long-term and strategically and, for example, bought up 90% of the world’s mining rights to rare earth materials - something that modern electronics and electrical devices such as critical defense systems, integrated circuits, circuit boards, electric motors, lithium batteries and green energy photovoltaics require. Our country was so involved with policing the world that we did not even notice. … … … I would suggest dividing the military budget into three parts: Defensive Capability, Offensive Capability, and Operational Sustenance. Figure out what is most important in light of other national risks and needs- and then to invest wisely. My guess is that some Offensive Capability could be deferred for more important strategic goals, like educating our people and repairing our aging infrastructure. Of course, if the wealthy and wealthy corporations need military offensive capabilities to protect their interests, we can always levy a defense fund tax directly upon them; if the wealthy benefit the most from offensive capabilities, have the most needing protection - then they can pick up the tab. … … … Then of course, we have the issue of dealing with the climate crisis which is currently effecting global watersheds, precipitation patterns, arable lands, weather, ecological food chains, and increasing pandemic risks by wildlife migration into heavily populated areas. … If you think that the pandemic is hard on us and requires self-sacrifice, wait until the climate crisis gets worse and we will have no choice but to aggressively take action! … … … Our country’s greatest strength has never been vested in military prowess. Our country’s greatest strengths had been the ability of our empowered and diverse population to take on threats with resolve, ingenuity and common purpose. The threat of collective American ingenuity was feared by our enemies and the promise of our democratic ideals was envied by our friends. We formed alliances which contributed to our strength and we used many forms of positive influence to make positive changes throughout the world; our diplomatic processes were second to none, our world wide reach through our voice of America institutions honestly addressed our missteps and the missteps of others giving us a world-wide audience and great credibility, our dominance of world currencies, our economy, our beneficial trade agreements, our willingness and expertise in leading the world when in crisis - these are the things that made us a world power, these are the things that brought down the Berlin Wall - not our military prowess. North Korea thinks it is a World power because it has nukes and a strong military; it is not. When we shifted our country’s priorities to enriching our wealthy, we sacrificed the education of our youth, the ability of our populace to take on new challenges since most are struggling just to get by. We have lost and are still losing our position in the world order, our ability to be what we were, a world leader. We will continue to sacrifice what it took years to achieve if we continue to be so one dimensionally focusing so heavily on military prowess without also addressing all of those things that had made our country great. We do not exist and should not exist to just support the wealth gathered by the Military Industrial complex. Military ‘might’ does not make ‘right’. It never has and it never will. Balance and working to re-establish all of those things that had made us a great nation will.