Imagine if the US military spent its budget on building increasingly sophisticated technology that can neutralise enemies rather than eliminate (which works wonders for breeding more enemies). Imagine if the rules of engagement treated foreigner lives as equal to citizen lives, or “criminal suspect” lives as equal to “innocent” lives. Even if it costs 100x as much to develop a nonviolent solution, this pales in comparison to the amount the US would save from throttling the cycle of violence, both internationally and domestically. Of course, the US treating enemies differently doesn’t solve anything if the US’ presence in a country is illegitimate in the first place, and there’s so much more wrong with the US criminal system domestically. So I don’t mean to present this as a whole solution to US militarism/policing, but it seems an important reform not fully considered often enough.