Speaking at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center in San Diego on May 28, 2012, Willard 'Mitt' Romney spoke of the renewed danger from long time Cold War nemesis and now close ally Russia. He also rattled off a litany of foolish sounding buzz words and familiar conservative memes. Lets break it down.
Romney called for making America's military the strongest in the world, as if to say it is currently NOT. This would indicate that either Mitt is terribly misinformed or a liar. America currently spends more than the entire rest of the world combined on defense. America has 11 aircraft carriers, the rest of the world combined also has 11, but not one of them is even in the same league as ours. For example Spain has two, one 17,000 ton and the other 27,000 ton. The average American aircraft carrier is 100,000 tons. Even Russia's one working carrier is only 40,000 tons.
Romney spoke of Russian President Vladimir Putin this way:
"Russia is rebuilding their military and is now led by a man who believes that the Soviet Union was a great, as opposed to evil, empire."
Putin has indeed been critical of the United States, but not for the reasons Romney would have us believe.
[From an article on Reuters back in August 1, 2011] Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin criticized the U.S. Monday of living beyond its means. “They are living like parasites off the global economy and their monopoly of the dollar.” Putin said while visiting a pro-Kremlin youth camp. “If over there (in America) there is a systemic malfunction, this will affect everyone.” Putin noted that Russia holds a large number of U.S. bonds and treasuries, and was relieved that Congress seemed likely to pass a last-ditch debt compromise to avoid default. “Countries like Russia and China hold a significant part of their reserves in American securities,” he said. “There should be other reserve currencies.”
So Putin's problem with America lies more with Wall Street and the Federal Reserve than our military. In fact all 4 BRIC [Brazil, Russia, China, and India] countries are fed up with America and our monetary policies.
Willard 'Mitt' Romney also mentioned how Iran is the source of world-wide terrorism. This seems quite odd since for the last decade our country has been focused on Al Qaeda as the source of the Terrorist plots on 9/11. Maybe Mitt thinks all Muslims are the same, or that there is no difference between a Sunni and Shiite Muslim, or a terror cell and a nation-state. He has conveniently overlooked the fact that Israel has over 300 nuclear warheads. Our own military experts say Iran is at least 3 years from even having one crude bomb.
If Mr. Romney really wants to honor our troops on Memorial Day, he will end his rhetorical plans on using them as mere cannon fodder to line the pockets of defense contractors. He would instead only use our soldiers as a last resort, and not simply as numbers in a ledger used to pad a bottom line. He would also need to fully fund their medical care, instead of cutting it so he can give transnational corporations tax cuts.
Democratic Progressive Blog deplores Willard 'Mitt' Romney's glee for the barbaric system of warfare among nations with its enormous waste of resources even in time of peace, and the consequent impoverishment of the life of the toiling masses.