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  •  Can we please go back to calling (5+ / 0-)

    the defense department the Department of War?

    •  The Department of War Contractors (3+ / 0-)
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      Al Fondy, wsexson, snoopydawg

      and War Profiteers would be more accurate.

      •  This is what turned me into a Democrat (3+ / 0-)
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        greenbell, snoopydawg, LilithGardener

        I went into the Army in 1967 as a Republican.  I was at the Air Defense School in El Paso when I learned that a missile system that the Republicans were pushing would not and could not work: the ABM (Anti-Baillistic Missile).

        Then I was the pay officer at an air defense site where a great many privates were getting $97 per month.  Meanwhile the "gold-plated" weapon system, the Nike-Hercules was a system from 1958 that had already been bought and paid for after ICBMs made it obselete.

        Seeing the amount of money going to the military-industrial complex with my own eyes, and seeing the Republicans suceed in getting the ABM employed caused me to realize that the human side of the Army was totally secondary to war profiteering.

        Well, not exactly war profiteering because the real money is in weapons systems that are never used, but look good in a PR campaign.  It has only gotten worse as the years have gone by.

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