The Pardu

The Pardu
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

US Military Industrial Complex Comes Under Scrutiny

Eisenhower warned of the military industrial complex.

Defense Secretary Hagel has proposed (non-specific) defense cuts that will surely shed light on the prophetic statements of a president who served in the 1950s.

A quick illustration of the ridiculousness of US military power and spending. Power can be maintained, we assert, with far less spending.

Huffington Post 2012
military spending

Now, let's checkout a few minutes of comment about defense spending and our tendency to occupy nations after wars.  

Rachel Maddow

(Edited to exclude seven minutes introduction and the final five minutes of dialog with former Congressman Barney Frank.)

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If you want the perfect example of why the Administration should ignore flak sure to come from the Right, here you are: John McCain on the friendly confines of Fox News. 

Think Progress November 2009

Last night Fox News, host Greta van Susteren asked former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) what he thought of reports that President Obama plans announce his intention to send 34,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. McCain said he’s not concerned about how many troops Obama is sending, he just wants to succeed — regardless of whether we have an exit strategy or not:  
VAN SUSTEREN: What do you think about that? Is that a decision that — that you think is a wise one or do you want the full 40,000 that was originally requested?  
 MCCAIN: Well, I’m not so much concerned about the number because I understand that it may be additional allied troops to help out, too. I’d like to look at the overall strategy. I would like to see the emphasis on succeeding, not on an exit strategy.  
Greta, the exit strategy takes care of itself once you succeed just as it did in Iraq. But I’d like to hear the whole thing. I hope the president will make the right decision here. And I would like to support him if he does. 
 Watch it: (  direct link added by The Pardu) 
At least McCain is consistent; an exit strategy for the war in Iraq has been of little concern to him as well. When running for president, the Arizona senator and fervent Iraq war supporter said he would “be fine with” the U.S. military staying in Iraq for a hundred years and later “excitedly declar[ed] that U.S. troops could be in Iraq for ‘a thousand years’ or a million years,’ as far as he was concerned.”
Push on President Obama and Defense Secretary Hagel, cut where cutting hurts people less.  

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