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  •  I don't think I missed your point at all, (0+ / 0-)

    which is largely that Resistance Is Futile -- if, as you insist, there is no political path for moving that spending to other activities. It's a tautology to say that spending less through the War Department will harm the bits of the economy that feed off that war Department udder. But it is not a reason not to choke off some of the Pentagram's infinite appetites.

    I wander around in Milbabble-space, read the trade press for the MIC players frequently, and have many times suggested that for people to see what they get for their "defense" dollar, they should just start reading through the DoD Dictionary, that thing that takes a huge bureaucracy to produce and update to keep up with message and doctrine changes to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, that kind of fails to define a few terms like "war" and "peace" and "victory" but is chock-full of insane bureaucratic tidbits that any random page will display: http://ra.defense.gov/...

    I guess I must have little respect for YOUR message, and your attempt to say I think defense spending is "evil." Huge parts of it, by any ethical measurement I've come across, would sure seem to qualify as "evil," not to mention "stupid" and "wasteful" and "dead-end," but of course humans are ugly creatures, so a certain amount of "defense" is inevitable. Huge swaths of military and "defense" spending are a huge waste, as far as I can see, underwritten by taxes and debt imposed on people who have no idea what the whole Global Network-Centric Battlespace Management miasma is, in the parts that can be seen. Or that "contracts," for services that GIs getting paid penny-ante TROOP wages can do just fine, involve paying parasites, who often just sit on their asses while the GIs do the workd, anywhere from 10 to 100 times as much for the same work (plus travel, housing, tax-free income, health care and other crap).

    What you are selling is just "don't rock the (YOUR, actually) boat," another version of the argument on which the people building the F-22 and F-35 have pressed so vigorously and "politically:" "Hey, man, it's a JOBS program! Good-paying middle class jobs!"

    Defense cuts will hurt the economy? Who's worth more? Your contracting buddies who build weapons to fight wars that surprise! are losers from the git-go (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) or will never happen, or the grandma in Keokuk who gets to be ChainCPI'd down to hoping she can get someone to run her to Walmart to buy a case of high-sodium Ramen to fill her stomach with until she dies from a stroke induced by sodium-augmented hypertension?

    Change our national spending priorities away from the huge boondoggle that is "defense," and do I really need to cite examples, beyond recent conclusions that the whole system is so systemically corrupt that hundreds of billions of dollars have just "disappeared," and that the whole Pentagram thing simply cannot be audited?

    IS it really true that "most of us here on Dkos wish it were otherwise?" Anyone taken a poll on that lately?

    If not now, when?

    And your answer would appear to be (correct me if I'm wrong) something between "Not now, I and my pals still benefit from it," and "Never!"

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 05:04:37 PM PST

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