We shouldn’t forget our local cops either. Last year the Pentagon gave away $500 million worth of armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and other leftover military gear to municipalities. Our police departments are getting much more militarized now that they face the pacifist Occupy movement. Armed criminals don’t worry them, but peaceful social protest is scary.
In short, the military-industrial complex remains robust. Its employment is huge, its profits gigantic, and its salaries staggering. If you’ve been listening to the Republicans in Congress, you may have thought that food stamps were busting our budget. Well, no. It’s the Pentagon. And the greatest menace to our national security isn’t al-Qaeda. It’s our own military excesses.