Full piece at The Cross Culturalist
If Congress were to require that the current defense budget were to be broken down into two separate budgets, defense and offense, then it would, at the least, be eye opening to many about where those dollars are going. While there are plenty of neocons who wouldn't bat an eye at the idea of spending away our children's future on offensive measures, some republicans may sit up and take notice at just how much of the budget is going to offense. Furthermore, there is a nobility associated with the word defense. The proponents of American imperialism hide behind this noble idea of defending our country. They gussy up actions that are not remotely defensive by calling them defensive, and because republicans are unwilling to police their own side, the neocons get away with it. If offensive efforts were to be called offensive, the shroud of nobility would be pulled back. Maybe, just maybe, the ugliness of the offensive actions of our imperialism would start to see the light of day in republican circles.