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Neocons Are Back With a Big War Budget and Big War Plans
By Ron Paul
Ron Paul Institute
March 27, 2018


On Friday, President Trump signed the
omnibus spending bill for 2018. The $1.3
trillion bill was so monstrous that it would
have made the biggest spender in the Obama
Administration blush. The image of leading
Congressional Democrats Pelosi and Schumer
grinning and gloating over getting everything
they wanted — and then some — will likely
come back to haunt Republicans at the
midterm elections. If so, they will deserve it.
Even President Trump admitted the bill was
horrible. As he said in the signing ceremony,
“there are a lot of things that we shouldn’t
have had in this bill, but we were, in a sense, forced — if we want to build our military…”
This is why I often say: forget about needing a third political party – we need a second
political party! Trump is admitting that to fuel the warfare state and enrich the militaryindustrial
complex, it was necessary to dump endless tax dollars into the welfare state.
But no one “forced” President Trump to sign the bill. His party controls both houses of
Congress. He knows that no one in Washington cares about deficits so he was more than
willing to spread some Fed-created money at home to get his massive war spending
boost.
And about the militarism funded by the bill? Defense Secretary James Mattis said at the
same press conference that, “As the President noted, today we received the largest
military budget in history, reversing many years of decline and unpredictable funding.”

He’s right and wrong at the same time. Yes it is another big increase in military spending.
In fact the US continues to spend more than at least the next seven or so largest
countries combined. But his statement is misleading. Where are these several years of
decline? Did we somehow miss a massive reduction in military spending under President
Obama? Did the last Administration close the thousands of military bases in more than
150 countries while we weren’t looking?
Of course not.
On militarism, the Obama Administration was just an extension of the Bush
Administration, which was an extension of the militarism of the Clinton Administration.
And so on. The military-industrial complex continues to generate record profits from
fictitious enemies. The mainstream media continues to play the game, amplifying the war
propaganda produced by the think tanks, which are funded by the big defense
contractors.
This isn’t a conspiracy theory. This is conspiracy fact.
Enemies must be created to keep Washington rich, even as
the rest of the country suffers from the destruction of the
dollar. That is why the neocons continue to do very well in
this Administration.
While Trump and Mattis were celebrating big military
spending increases, the president announced that John
Bolton, one of the chief architects of the Iraq war debacle,
would become his national security advisor. As former CIA
analyst Paul Pillar has written, this is a man who, while at the
State Department, demanded that intelligence analysts reach
pre-determined conclusions about Iraq and WMDs. He
cooked the books for war.
Bolton is on the record calling for war with Iran, North Korea, even Cuba! His return to a
senior position in government is a return to the unconstitutional, immoral, and failed
policies of pre-emptive war.
Make no mistake: the neocons are back and looking for another war. They’ve got the
president’s ear. Iran? North Korea? Russia? China? Who’s next for the warmongers?