U.S. politicians often ridicule North Korea for wasting money on militarism instead of taking care of its own people. Many of North Korea's people suffer poverty and hunger while the government spends money it doesn't have on nuclear weapons and threatening other countries.
Then I remember the United States has millions of Americans living in poverty, homeless, relying on food banks, while the U.S. government runs massive deficits to spend as much on the military as all other nations of the world combined.
The Soviet Union’s futile, unwinnable nine-year war in Afghanistan led to its bankruptcy and collapse as an empire. The U.S. has bogged down there longer than the U.S.S.R. did. The United States’ endless wars are bankrupting the U.S. and collapsing our empire.
The state of Washington is slashing funding that children, hungry people and sick people desperately need. We would not need to slash those programs at all if Washingtonians had not spent about $24 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The money for balancing the state budget already existed, but Bush, Obama and Congress squandered it on wars.
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When Americans tell North Korea to change its priorities, I hope Korea will extend the same advice to our own government.