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Today on Your Call: What is the cost of American militarism?

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On the next Your Call, what is the cost of American militarism? We’ll speak with former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman about his book National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. In 2011, the US defense budget was the highest it has been since World War II, higher than during the peak of the Korean War and Vietnam War – in constant dollars. Goodman argues that in spite of this monumental spending, we are not safer as a country, and we suffer economically for it. So what would it take to re-calibrate our military spending and put the focus back on priorities at home? Join the conversation at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. It’s Your Call, with MaliheRazazan and you.

Guests:

Melvin Goodman, former CIA analyst, author, and senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington DC. 

Web Resources:

SF Gate: Book Review: ‘National Insecurity,’ by Melvin Goodman

Mel Goodman Blogs on Daily Kos

LA Times: Robert Gates warns: 'We are now in uncharted waters' with our dysfunctional politics

Mother Jones: CIA Veteran: How Robert Gates Cooked the Intelligence