CNN’s Fareed Zakaria published a blog post where he summarized a narrative written by two top-ranking members of Admiral Mike Mullen‘s team, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Captain Wayne Porter and Colonel Mark Mykleby. This narrative discussed our government’s continuing obsession with throwing truckloads of cash into our military. To read the full summary or complete narrative click here.
Here’s a couple of gems.
We have overreacted to Islamic extremism.
We are underinvesting in the real sources of national power – our youth, our infrastructure and our economy. The United States sees the world through the lens of threats, while failing to understand the influence, competitiveness and innovation are the key to advancing American interests in the modern world. Above all we must invest in our children. Only by educating them properly will we ensure our ability to compete in the future.
The article points out that our military spending is based on an outdated policy that put an emphasis on military might to deter the Soviets. Definitely an interesting read, even more interesting when considering the source.