with Chris Hedges
TheRealNews on Dec 16, 2022
There was once a wing of the Democratic Party that stood up to the war industry. J. William Fulbright, George McGovern, Gene McCarthy, Mike Gravel, William Proxmire, and, of course, Dennis Kucinich. But that was largely decades ago.
The new Democrats, especially with the presidency of Bill Clinton, became shills not only for corporate America, but the arms industry. No weapons system is too costly. No war, no matter how disastrous, goes unfunded.
The massive military budget, $858 billion in military spending allocated for fiscal year 2023, is an increase of $45 billion over the Biden administration’s budget request, and nearly $80 billion more than the amount appropriated by Congress for the current fiscal year, keeps growing.
When 30 members of the party’s progressive caucus recently issued a call for Joe Biden to negotiate with Vladimir Putin they were forced by the party leadership and a war mongering media to back down and rescind their letter.
What happened to the Democratic Party? Why has it become impossible to question war and the massive expenditures on arms? Why is such questioning political suicide? Why can’t a Democrat ask, especially at a time of economic hardship and huge deficits, how much we are going to divert to the war in Ukraine, which has already consumed some $60 billion — as much as we spend on the State Department and AID — with no end in sight? ?
Joining me to discuss the extinction of anti-war Democrats is Dennis Kucinich, a former presidential candidate, who served eight terms in the House of Representatives before the Democratic Party gerrymandered his district to ensure his defeat.
From the archives:
Vijay Prashad and Lee Camp: The United States Is Opening The Jaws Of Hell As Wide As Possible
Dancing on the Edge of Hell, by Robert C. Koehler
David Swanson: Ukraine and the Anti-Communications System
Ralph Nader, Medea Benjamin and David Swanson: Ukraine: Senseless Conflict
“Subpoenas” Served On U.S. Weapons Manufacturers, by Brad Wolf
Chris Hedges and Medea Benjamin: War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict
Dennis Kucinich: Where Are The Pro-Peace Democrats?
Kucinich Says Call for Diplomacy to End Ukraine-Russia War Must be Heard; Silencing of Congressional Progressive Caucus Casts Dems as the “War Party”
Pingback: Staying Alive in a Country of Death, by Brad Wolf – Dandelion Salad
Pingback: How U.S. Military Spending Works, by David Swanson – Dandelion Salad
Pingback: Inflation, Layoffs, and the $1 Trillion War Budget, by Scott Scheffer – Dandelion Salad
Pingback: David Swanson and Lee Camp: Can The March To WW3 Be Stopped? – Dandelion Salad
Pingback: Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff: It’s Just Another Debacle By The War Profiteers – Dandelion Salad
Pingback: Finian Cunningham and Scott Ritter: This is a Proxy War Between NATO and Russia – Dandelion Salad
Pingback: Ralph Nader and Lawrence Wilkerson: The Institutional Insanity of Defense – Dandelion Salad
Pingback: Brian Becker and Lee Camp: What Next For The Anti-War Movement? – Dandelion Salad
Pingback: Chris Hedges: Ukraine, Iran, Palestine, Twitter Files, Media Censorship and Assange – Dandelion Salad