In the latest development of the craze for elaborating a politically correct history, a spending bill for military construction currently being considered by the US Congress would block funding for projects at bases named after Confederate military leaders unless the properties are in the process of being renamed.
Instead of focusing on strategies to address the spiralling levels of violence, poverty and inequality afflicting the US or rebuilding its dilapidated infrastructure and faltering economy, the country’s politicians are instead still emphasizing superficial solutions as they continue to push military spending to record levels and antagonize geopolitical adversaries Russia, China, Iran and Venezuela – the only thing the various factions of the US Establishment can agree on.
The focus of their attention is now shifting from removing statues and monuments of Confederate leaders to renaming military bases. The fiscal 2021 appropriations bill for military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs currently being considered by the Congress would prohibit funding from going to military construction projects “located on a military installation bearing the name of a confederate officer, except in the case that a process to replace such names has been initiated,” according to draft text released by the House Appropriations Committee.
The provision is included in a $250.9 billion spending bill that would give $10.1 billion to military construction in fiscal 2021. The House Appropriations Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee is reviewing the relevant provisions of the bill this week.
If the provision is approved, the annual defence policy bill will require the Pentagon to rename bases and all other property bearing the names of Confederate military officers.
The debate over Confederate names and symbols has polarized US society and even led to violent confrontations in many cities over the last few months amid nationwide protests over racial injustice sparked by the death of George Floyd after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while he was being detained.
In the military, the most high-profile debate has been over 10 Army bases named for Confederate generals and a colonel.
President Trump has threatened to veto the defence policy bill if it requires the bases to be renamed, but both the House and Senate have included such a requirement in their versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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