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Neocons Are Back With a Big War Budget and Big War Plans

By someone else following x   2018 Mar 26, 5:02pm 719 views   3 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    

On Friday, President Trump signed the omnibus spending bill for 2018. The $1.3 trillion bill was so monstrous that it would have made the biggest spender in the Obama Administration blush. The image of leading Congressional Democrats Pelosi and Schumer grinning and gloating over getting everything they wanted -- and then some -- will likely come back to haunt Republicans at the midterm elections. If so, they will deserve it.

Even President Trump admitted the bill was horrible. As he said in the signing ceremony, “there are a lot of things that we shouldn’t have had in this bill, but we were, in a sense, forced — if we want to build our military…”

This is why I often say: forget about needing a third political party – we need a second political party! Trump is admitting that to fuel the warfare state and enrich the military-industrial complex, it was necessary to dump endless tax dollars into the welfare state. ...

On militarism, the Obama Administration was just an extension of the Bush Administration, which was an extension of the militarism of the Clinton Administration. And so on. The military-industrial complex continues to generate record profits from fictitious enemies. The mainstream media continues to play the game, amplifying the war propaganda produced by the think tanks, which are funded by the big defense contractors.

This isn’t a conspiracy theory. This is conspiracy fact. Enemies must be created to keep Washington rich, even as the rest of the country suffers from the destruction of the dollar.


I still like Ron Paul. I put his best two lines in bold.
1   anonymous   ignore (null)   2018 Mar 26, 5:14pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Thanks a lot, Trumpublicans!!
2   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2018 Mar 26, 7:11pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Unfortunately, the Bush and Obama Admins and Congress have given us nothing but boondoggles, so we now have planes and ships approaching 40-50 years in age. The replacements are underwhelming AND behind schedule, or were cancelled for being the boondoggles they are (ie the LCS).

Fighter Planes aren't Passenger Jets or B-52, flying straight and level. Their airframes undergo incredible stress. You can't fix the airframe cost effectively, you're better off building something else.

Our naval and air inventory is goddamn aged and needs to be replaced. It should have been done starting in the 90s and 2000s, and then we would have 10-20 years to coast. Unfortunately, most of our vessels and combat aircraft were built in the 70s and 80s and are at the end of their useful lives.

At the very least we'll have to make a few hundred Super Hornets to fill in the gap.

We have a serious problem with multirole - particularly ASW - vessels like the Oliver Hazard Perry Frigates, which are all due to retire. You don't use AEGIS cruisers to patrol the GUIK gap or convoy merchant vessels against Chinese Subs, waste of an asset better deployed for Task Force AAW. The LCS is exhausting ships' crews AND it's damned uncomfortable AND it's seaworthiness is in doubt. Also, no Torpedoes or ASROC, so the LCS are completely dependent on Helicopters. God forbid it encounters a Russian or Chinese Sub in a high sea state where the helicopters can't operate.
3   HEYYOU   ignore (26)   2018 Mar 26, 8:00pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

someone else says
Enemies must be created to keep Washington rich, even as the rest of the country suffers from the destruction of the dollar.

As the Republican & Democrat voters intend.

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