WASHINGTON — Win Without War Executive Director Stephen Miles released the following statement regarding the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
“The FY2022 NDAA is a reckless misuse of resources, a windfall for war profiteers, and proof positive that most in Congress have little concern for the actual security of people in the United States or around the world. Little could be more revealing of our nation’s broken budget priorities than the fact that this rubberstamp of three quarters of a trillion dollars for warmaking was prioritized and will soon pass with bipartisan support, while the Build Back Better Act — which would invest in meeting real human needs — has been watered down and pushed to the back burner.
“Not only does the FY2022 NDAA authorize funding for the Pentagon at nearly twice the annual cost of the Build Back Better Act, it also fails to end U.S. complicity in the war in Yemen, excludes critical measures to rein in out-of-control executive war powers, and doubles down on a dangerous Cold War mindset towards China.
“Congress did make the right choice to take the prosecution of certain serious crimes out of the military chain of command, to establish a multi-year Afghanistan war commission to investigate the entirety of the war, and to ban private funding for National Guard deployments in other states, but these welcome steps are overshadowed by the bill’s otherwise deep commitment to extending the endless war era.
“Congress should reject this egregious Pentagon budget boost and instead focus on solutions that will actually keep us safe from this century’s pressing security threats, from pandemics, to inequality, to climate change.”
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