It may not work the way it’s supposed to but plenty of folks got paid. (And will continue to.) So taxpayers, you can be happy about that.
Good. This deal should be examined and people should be on the hook politically.
Good luck David Norquist. Audit that Pentagon. The place is a fiscally target rich environment.
A great headline from Yahoo.
Yes indeed, the F-35 is a troubled weapons system. Billions and billions and billions in taxpayer money and still, it’s not broadly operational. At least not operational at a level that justifies the cost.
Really, at this point we should be producing drone fighters anyway. Drones aren’t as romantic, but they cost less.
Ooooh… McCain isn’t going to like this one.
This isn’t what we’re told of course. But it is sadly all too true. And the military industrial complex likes the “progressives” right back.
This is an excellent explanation of how the military industrial complex works. (Or doesn’t for the American taxpayer.)
Kudos to Trump for putting pressure on the defense contractors. He should keep the pressure on. Particularly when it comes to the F-35 which is a giant overpriced works program for retired military. The littoral ship fleet needs close examination also.
The Pentagon is an area that should see massive cuts. Historic cuts. I say this as a military brat and as one who has beloved family in the military. The military should be much smaller and much more efficient. As technology has ramped up there are large areas to cut. So cut them.
But you know what should be much smaller still? That massive post military career works program called The Military Industrial Complex. For some reason there is the assumption that after the military military people should work for defense contractors.
I grew up in the Military Industrial Complex. I have great respect for many aspects of the military. I’ve been to multiple Army/Navy games. I proudly cheer for the Midshipmen on Saturdays in the fall.
But the military can be big government, some of the biggest. And often decisions on war are made in Washington with little thought beyond the “great game.” In the the playing of the game people (usually powerless) die and are maimed and shattered psychologically.
War is very profitable for some. Mostly people at the top, the connected cronies. War is however hell for the innocently bombed and the refugees and the raped and the otherwise victimized in the fog of hell. We should never forget that. War is a very bad thing. Perhaps the worst thing humans can engage in. It is many cases if not most cases an immoral thing. And war should always be a last resort for a civilized country. We used to know this.
I am currently editing a collection of past essays and last night I was editing the “neocon” chapter. I noticed that we argued multiple times in 2014-2015 that with the rise of Rand Paul the neocons, the pro-war crowd in the GOP and with them the weapons manufacturers, might defect to Hillary Clinton.
But as it turned out it wasn’t Rand who sent the big government GOP war advocates to Hillary, it was Trump.
Defense contractors are accustomed to getting what they want.
The military industrial complex is massive. It hangs like a moon in the skies over Washington DC. Its political gravitational pull is unrivaled. Its presence always felt.
We run this video (the distilled version) once a year or so and this seems an appropriate time to run it again. Below is perhaps one of the most important speeches ever given by a president. Eisenhower, the former General of the Army, addresses the danger of the Military Industrial Complex in his farewell to the American people.
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