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June 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Iraq: Military-industrial complex perpetuates war

Again we’re on the verge of throwing money into a never-ending war in Iraq [“US open to talks with Iran over Iraq,” Nation & World, June 16]. How quickly Congress and our president jump when our industrial-military complex leaders say “jump.” After all, how best to keep your job when you continually perpetrate fear and the need to protect the U.S. other than intervening in one country after another.

Once upon a time, I worked for a nonprofit health-care organization that raised millions of dollars each year for research to combat a disease. One day, I asked the director if the organization really was committed to eradicating the disease. She almost fell off her chair laughing. “Of course not,” she said. “If a cure for (X) were found, we would be out of business.”

In a parallel way, that’s the military’s way of thinking, too. Keep reminding ordinary citizens how we have to keep plowing limitless resources into keeping the terrorists at bay. A billion here, a billion there. Heck, it’s just money.

Can you even imagine how great our country could be if we spent those same billions right here at home — not in weapons, not for members of the military, not for the Pentagon, not for congressional perks, but for schools, teachers, health care, jobs, the environment, our crumbling infrastructure, etc.

Without sounding too cynical, however, the way Congress gives the military anything and everything it wants, we’re on a road to self-destruction.

Matthew Nadler, Seattle

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