William D. Hedges: I had a dream

Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 2:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 2:27 p.m.

To borrow from Susan Boyle, "I dreamed a dream." In this dream,, the U.S. announced to the world as follows:

"We are going to cease interfering with the internal affairs of other nations of the world with our military might. Instead, we are going to do the following. Each year, starting now, we are going to take 10 percent of our annuual outlay for war, i.e. $65 billion, and devote it to good causes in this nation and around the world in health and education as Bill Gates is now doing with his

billions. Any poor nation that asks for health and education assistance will be provided it, no questions asked except to insure it goes for those causes."

All of those thousands of military bases around the world will gradually be closed during the next decade. All of those troops will come home and be hired (using some of that military money) building hospitals, schools, and parks instead of tanks, guns, and explosives. Of course, we will keep back a few of those nuclear bombs that can be delivered anywhere in the world in thirty minutes, but only as a warning, i.e. "Don't mess with us and we won't mess with you!" What a nice, short, sweet, clear foreign policy!

In ten years, we will have reduced our military budget from the current $650 billion to one tenth of it and that is where it will stay, but be concentrated on military research and protection of those few missiles. At the same time, our national debt from annual military outlay will have gone down over half a trillion dollars a year! The world will be a better healthier place, and we will not be considered that great Satan trying to run the world. My dream also toyed with the possibility that other nations might begin to emulate us. But, I forget myself. That was just a dream. Perhaps a better word for it is “pipe dream.”

William D. Hedges,


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