Douggie Mac (1957) wrote:
Our swollen budgets constantly have been misrepresented to the public. Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear — kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor — with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.
Can you imagine if any Remocrat/Depublican Presidential Candidate ran on a platform of ending every war and beginning to shut down most of our bases around the world? If they weren't outright assassinated, they would be shouted down by their own party.
Republicans want a big army, but they don't want to send it anywhere. Democrats want a small army, but they want to send it everywhere.