Members of Joint Task Force 2, composed of soldiers and airmen from the New York Army and Air National Guard, sanitize the New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York, March 21, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
VIDEO: Drones, bombs, and guns won’t eradicate COVID-19

Decades of militaristic foreign policy has left the U.S. ill-prepared to combat actual threats to Americans and the world.

Political leaders keep saying that the United States is on a war footing as it confronts COVID-19. But the military is the wrong tool to address it, even if war spending is — in part — what got the U.S. into this health crisis.

As Costs of War Co-Director and Quincy Institute board member Catherine Lutz explains, we need to fundamentally rethink what national security means so it can focus civilian solutions toward very real societal risks many are currently experiencing — ill health and inequality. Watch:

This video is adapted from an op-ed by Lutz and Neta C. Crawford that originally appeared in the Hill.

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