President Dwight D. Eisenhower said it about fifty years ago:
"Every gun that is made and every warship that is launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone; it is spending the sweat of the laborers, the genius of the scientists and the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."Do you think we are there yet?
"There will come a time that money spent for these arsenals, far from strengthening national security, will actually weaken national security. If you neglect these other factors that constitute the composite of our national security."
"The problem with defense is how far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to protect from without."
How many more billions of dollars will our national leaders throw at and burn up in Iraq?
Read a moving speech by Senator Mark O. Hatfield titled "How Do We Secure our Nation?"