(Generally, I prefer to avoid political stuff. But it’s time for a rant…)

On February 9th, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke before the House Committee on Homeland Security. NPR reported on her testimony, in which she said:

In some ways, the threat facing us is at its most heightened state since those attacks.

Does this surprise anybody?

It shouldn’t.

On September 11th, 2001, approximately 3000 people died in the terrorist attacks in the United States. Our country received the good will of nations around the globe. What have we done with that good will since that time?

  • An estimated 15,000 to 35,000 civilians dead in Afghanistan as a result of the conflict
  • An estimated 100,000 Iraqi civilians dead as a result of the conflict
  • $1.1 trillion ($1,100,000,000,000) dollars spent in military action

Let me say that another way:

A conservative estimate is that we have killed 40 innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan for every person that died on September 11th. How could we think that this would not enrage the populations of those two countries? Why is the entire world not screaming?

For every September 11th death, we have spent $400 million tearing down, rather than building up. This is no way to maintain good will. This is the way to create hatred that will last for generations.

And now the federal budget is in the news. We’re cutting expenditures left and right. This is good. I’m all for balanced budgets. But guess what isn’t getting cut?

Defense spending.

Jim Wallis has something to say about this. So does Mike Luckovich.

I say: Enough already! Let the madness end.