Like Kowalski in Vanishing Point, DC’s foreign policy is about to come to a dead stop. Kowalski ended up crashing his Dodge Challenger into a bulldozer; DC is about to hit the dead-end of its credit limit. Here, Ron Paul warns us that the bulldozer we’re racing toward is operated by Chinese bankers:
As many frustrated Americans who have joined the Tea Party realize, we cannot stand against big government at home while supporting it abroad. We cannot talk about fiscal responsibility while spending trillions on occupying and bullying the rest of the world. We cannot talk about the budget deficit and spiraling domestic spending without looking at the costs of maintaining an American empire of more than 700 military bases in more than 120 foreign countries. …
Our foreign policy is based on an illusion: that we are actually paying for it. What we are doing is borrowing and printing money to maintain our presence overseas. Americans are seeing the cost of this irresponsible approach as their own communities crumble and our economic decline continues.
In the past, I’ve argued against DC’s malignant militarism based on its effect on our civil liberties. But it’s coming to the point where we have to confront the disastrous economic repercussions of empire.