We want a "peace economy" that creates jobs, invests in our communities, restores and improves public services, saves the environment, and builds the infrastucture. We urge you to sign the petition at www.jobs-not-wars.org that calls for an end to the austerity and militarism that this Congress and Administration seem intent on.
The Institute for Policy Studies says we could save $184 million over the next ten years by trimming our overseas bases, and this article identifies a growing bi-partisan interest in doing so. More than 700 overseas bases not only cost money (when a serviceman is assigned over there he can bring his wife, his children, his car) but get us involved in international scrapes that could be precluded by closures. One of the main reasons we withdrew our troops from Iraq was that nation's insistence that our men and women be subject to Iraqi justice.