The commentary, appearing in Chinese Communist Party-run media outlet China Global Television Network (CGTN), appropriated the American left’s “defund the police” slogan to apply to the military.
H/T: The National Pulse
The op-ed – “Defunding the Military is a Necessary Step for U.S.’ Climate Reckoning” – justifies the claim by insisting America’s military is “one of the largest polluters on the planet.”
More from the propaganda piece:
According to research by social scientists from Durham University and Lancaster University in 2019, the U.S. military is "one of the largest climate polluters in history" and emits more greenhouse gases than most countries. Experts say that confronting the U.S. military's pollution is necessary to have a serious impact in sustaining the global climate.
However, there's nothing that both major American political parties – Republicans and Democrats – love more than the military industrial complex. The country's second largest expenditure is the military, edging nearer and nearer to one trillion U.S. dollars in total each year and eclipsing all spending on social programs save for social security.
Serious and long-lasting positive changes could be brought about if even a fraction of this money was set aside to help develop the country's productive forces away from fossil fuels. "Defund the police" has become a popular slogan, but "defund the military" is also in order when confronted with the dual reality of the country's complete lack of a serious climate program and fanatic military spending.
Right on cue, leftists on Twitter began pushing the new commie line. See below for some examples.
Hidden in plain sight: Research shows the US military is one of the largest climate polluters in history, consuming more liquid fuels and emitting more CO2e (carbon-dioxide equivalent) than most countries. #GND #defundthemilitary @ProudSocialist FYIhttps://t.co/c3B09MI0gJ— Decolonized and Unplugged From The Matrix (@mlkradical) September 14, 2020
why isn’t defund the military a thing pic.twitter.com/sxgkPNB0Hu— lucie (@marinluciem) September 12, 2020
I am SICK of being the "shield" or "tip of the spear" for the U.S., a country completely mishandling the pandemic, doesn't allow us to vote, that just keeps building us up as a target in the Pacific.#DemilitarizeThePacific #DefundTheMilitary #WeDontWantYou #WeAreNotYourShield— Lani Mermaid (@Lani4Pasifika) September 13, 2020
We should massively defund the military and put that money into so many other things. Unfortunately neither of our current candidates for president have any intention of reducing military spending. https://t.co/dXwrtYOa98— Carolyn Petit (@carolynmichelle) September 12, 2020
One Step Above:— John M. Coyote #WearAFuckingMask (@MacJuanma) September 12, 2020
Defund the fucking Corporate America.
At the end of the day, they’re also the owners of the Military Industrial Complex. https://t.co/TTN8LKu5VW
The US military:— Haymarket Books (@haymarketbooks) September 9, 2020
☠️ is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world
☠️ is the biggest polluter in the world
☠️ has an annual budget of over $700 billion
In order to provide services for citizens in these tough times pols are going to have to defund the military & the police. Cost cutting is going to be on the top of the list of priorities for Dems & Reps. What remains reflects what we really care about, I'm hoping it's people.— Jay Da Gee 🍞🌹 (@JGSeven) September 12, 2020
While you’re here:— Engineers for PH 🇵🇭 (@EngrsOfMNL) September 12, 2020
DISMANTLE THE MILITARY.
DEFUND THE POLICE.
REGISTER TO VOTE.
HOLD THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE.
EAT THE RICH.
AND STAY PRESSED!!!!