On Sunday, the far-left online publication Salon took a gratuitous stab at the military with a tweet and an article calling the U.S. military the “biggest threat” to national security. The tweet linked to an article that claims the military is “a massive drain on resources that could otherwise strengthen the country.”
“The biggest threat to U.S. national security is the U.S. military,” Salon said in a tweet promoting the article. Many took great offense at Salon’s message, especially considering it was issued over Memorial Day weekend.
“Ah,” one person said. “The annual ‘this couldn’t be posted any other weekend accept Memorial weekend’ critique of the military.” Another person told Salon that President Obama thinks “weather was our biggest threat.”
“Wow…..you really went full retard huh Salon?” another critic asked. Another person suggested the liberal publication move to a social democratic country like Greece or France.
“Aren’t you glad that those in the military who gave up their lives for your First Amendment right to say such things?!” asked a Twitter user going by the handle “Grateful Patriot.” Another person called Salon “a perfect example of the mud hut alien mentality that is trying to [wreak] destruction on the US.”
“The bigger threat to national security comes from the low-information, poorly-educated crowd at Salon,” tweeted another critic. “Keep in mind that members of the military risk their lives so that you leftist a**hats can write absolutely despicable things,” added another Twitter user.
“At $610 billion, it dwarfs the combined military budgets of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, the UK, India and Germany (see chart below),” Sean McElwee wrote. “Put another way, one third of all military spending the world comes from the United States. The problem is, however, that the American military budget may be crowding out other crucial investments.”
But, the Heritage Foundation said, defense spending in 2014 only amounted for 18.33 percent of the total budget. Almost half of all spending, about 49 percent, paid for Social Security and health care entitlements, Heritage said.
“While mandatory spending is growing out of control and needs reform, there are also plenty of items to cut in the rest of the budget,” Heritage noted. “For example, the National Institutes of Health spent $387,000 to study the effects of Swedish massage on rabbits, and according to a report from the Government Accountability Office, duplication of federal programs and services could cost taxpayers $45 billion annually.”
Of course, Salon has the right to publish any opinion it wants. That’s one of the freedoms we have in the U.S., thanks in large measure to those who fought and died for the right to a free press. It would just be nice to see Salon offer a bit of thanks on the one weekend dedicated to honoring America’s fallen heroes.