Let Them Eat Missiles
By an excessive reliance on military power the United States has reduced its capacity to assist underdeveloped countries. As long as the politics of power rather than the politics of justice dominate our foreign policy, and until the Department of Defense ceases to corner a disproportionate share of the budget, we will do too little toward eliminating poverty in our own country, much less deal with it on a worldwide basis.
By itself, however, reducing military appropriations will not guarantee one additional penny for poverty. Vietnam has taught us that. Those who said, "If we wind down the war, we can start solving our urban problems," proved to be wrong. Lack of will, more than the cost of Vietnam, prevented us from solving those problems. The war, tragically, was just easier to get appropriations for. As our troops returned, tax reductions rather than other needs claimed first attention; and defense spending continues to rise.
This nation's defense requirements are admittedly enormous and costly. Given the stance of present Soviet leadership, acknowledging the need for reasonable