Once again budget cutters are looking at ways to increase the chances for young men and women to be put into harms way rather than looking for ways to prevent wars and conflicts.
The latest iteration of the Ryan budget plan takes away more funds from the non-military overseas’ affairs budget while keeping or adding funds to the Pentagon.
Maybe Ryan and his fellow ax wielders don’t understand the situation. The entire — ENTIRE — non-military foreign affairs budget accounts for
less than about 1 percent of the federal budget. And that small amount funds diplomats, development experts, trade negotiators, agricultural specialists and more. The work of these people is to promote American values and American goods and services abroad, protect and defend American citizens abroad and help other countries develop so their people can become consumers of American products. Oh, and on the development side: another benefit is fewer people seeking to enter the United States illegally.
But I guess none of that is important to Ryan and his merry team of budget slashers. They really seem hell bent on having the US military as the ONLY means left for solving international disputes.
Has Ryan and his bean counters talked to the military about his plan? None — I repeat NONE — of the military officers I have talked to (from generals on down) in the past few years have favored cuts in the non-military overseas budget in favor of increased Defense Department funding. Front line military leaders say they want and need a strong diplomatic corps. If for no other reason, than to keep from having to send American troops into harms way when a peaceful solution might have been found.
The Ryan budget, like its earlier version, places more value on a few dollars than on the blood and lives of the men and women in the U.S. military.