Afghanistan stinks. The death, despair, cronyism, corruption, the companies licking their chops over lithium and rare earths deposits, the endless funds which are printed here and flow through Kabul to God only knows where, the “heroin bomb” dropped on American cities. The country may look like heaven in places, but for America it has been hell.
Everyone is dancing around up in DC today. The defense contractors, the Pentagon, the members of Congress with boondoggle weapon system projects in their districts. (Which is to say nearly every member of Congress.) Happy days are here again! Down with the sequester say the Republicans.
I am a big fan of Google generally. I think Gmail is a fantastic product, same for Google Earth, Google Translate, and many other programs I use all the time. Not to mention the search engine which continues to lead the pack. But the thought of Google partnering with the US military to create an army of “terminator-like” robot warriors (with taxpayer funds of course) should be of concern to just about everyone. At least it is for me.
It’s a rhetorical question of course. We know the answer. Just look at the vote in the House 2 days ago. The taxpayer doesn’t have anything on the contractors.
You know the Military Industrial Complex has spun out of control when the founder of Blackwater has a change of heart. I’m not letting this guy off the hook, he should have been saying this stuff in 2006, but I am pleased that he is at least saying something now.
This is the nexus. This is where the state and the military industrial complex, the surveillance industrial complex, and the welfare industrial complex all come together.
“What the ____ is this?”
I agree with him. If the Tea Party is truly, honest to goodness, for small government it should be for reducing the size of our military as well as for reducing domestic spending. I know for a fact that some people within what is called the Tea Party are all for cutting the size of the military, but still too few.
Just because a senator gets a bunch of contributions from the defense industry does not mean necessarily that there is a quid pro quo, or even anything close. Many senators are naturally inclined toward a big military and so it just makes sense that defense contractors throw money their way. (It “makes sense” anyway, given our current system.) However, there is a pretty strong correlation between voting for bombing Syria and defense contributions as Wired explains.
Our foreign aid programs are big time vehicles for crony capitalism.