How Wartime Washington Lives in Luxury

War can be excellent business. It is also often hell. So that leaves us in a weird place.

This article needs to be read, particularly by people who are not familiar with Washington DC, our wealthiest American metropolitan area by far. That’s right, not New York, not San Francisco, Washington.

It didn’t used to be this rich. It didn’t use to be this rich not that long ago. And as you know dear readers we have nothing against people being rich.

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Fiscal Responsibility is a National Security MUST

(From The Conservative Review)

Last year, dozens of congressional Republicans teamed up with Democrats the break the spending caps that conservatives won in 2011. This year, Senator Barbara Mikulski (F, 2%), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, has extended the same demand – there must be “parity” between increases in defense and domestic spending.

And sure enough, some in Congress have already called for more military spending beyond the massive bump they received last year.

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Both Sanders and Clinton have received more money from defense contractors than any GOP candidate

Surprise!

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.

(From Politico)

According to the Center for Public Integrity’s review of Federal Election Commission data,

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The Neocons are becoming Democrats again, War party guys hate Trump, Will throw support to Hillary

As we say all the time, and we have to say it again, we have no horse in the presidential race.

This is a very interesting development. We said back in 2015 that if Rand won the Republican nomination for president that many of the neocconservatives, the Bushites, the pro-war, pro-military industrial complex guys would fall in line behind Hillary Clinton and abandon the Republican Party.

The neocons thought they could breathe easy with Rand out of the mix.

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Watchdog Says Billions Still Going Down The Afghan Drain

Afghanistan is a place where historically outsiders have not done so well. The Greeks. The Brits. The Soviets. Now us. Each empire has gotten bogged down in the dusty land. The jagged mountains and the opium filled valleys have proven a trap for the biggest and the baddest for centuries. We continue to spin our wheels.

(From The Daily Caller)

Americans have spent $113 billion rebuilding Afghanistan, more than the U.S. spent rebuilding Europe after World War II,

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Six Years and $17 Billion Wasted in Afghanistan

Hey, it’s only money, your money, which we might as well have just buried in the desert. Actually it’s worse than that as dumping the money into the ground would have been a waste but wouldn’t have hurt anyone. $17 billion floating around Afghanistan is probably a much less benign situation.

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Congress is Writing the President a Blank Check for War

By Ron Paul

While the Washington snowstorm dominated news coverage this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was operating behind the scenes to rush through the Senate what may be the most massive transfer of power from the Legislative to the Executive branch in our history. The senior Senator from Kentucky is scheming, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, to bypass normal Senate procedure to fast-track legislation to grant the president the authority to wage unlimited war for as long as he or his successors may wish.

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America Will Spend More on Taxes than Food, Clothing, and Housing Combined (Graphic)

This should not be in the “land of the free.” It is a sad graphic. And remember, much of your tax money is siphoned off by the cronies in industries which are connected and by those in government itself. You are basically an annuity.

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Federal drug war is failing on multiple fronts, government watchdog says (‘Failed’ is probably a better word.)

“To say that all the things that have been done in the war on drugs haven’t made any difference is ridiculous,” Walters said. “It destroys everything we’ve done. It’s saying all the people involved in law enforcment, treatment and prevention have been wasting their time. It’s saying all these people’s work is misguided.” – John P. Walters (Former drug ‘czar.’)

This is fundamentally why many who prosecute the drug war want to continue it.

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Did Turkey Just Invade Iraq To Protect Erdogan’s ISIS Oil Smuggling Routes? (What is really going on?)

The American people need to pay close attention to what is happening in Syria. There is a lot more going on there than just terrorism, civil war, and ISIS. If we are going to put our people in harm’s way, yet again, we should know why we are really there. Is it to fight ISIS? Is it to depose Assad? Is it to support “moderate” rebels? Is it to put a check on Putin? Is it to protect Turkish revenue streams?

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Blowback: The Washington War Party’s Folly Comes Home to Roost

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Some of the folks in the Military Industrial Complex would be wise to revisit the lessons in this book. Of course much of the Art of War is about being frugal with resources. The contractors aren’t too keen on that.

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