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  •  This was in part facilitated by the encroachment.. (6+ / 0-)
    Mililtary/Intelligence/PoliceForce/Prison Complex
    ... of military officials into our federal government. That was a clear indication of fascism.

    Since '2000, the CIA, NSA, DNI, (SoS and NSC positions held by Colin Powell) and various other high-level intelligence posts in Washington have all been manned by a succession of military/ex-military officials.

    Let's be clear, in a representative democracy, the only government positions that should be held by military personnel are the DoD and the JCS. (Joint Chiefs of Staff) Ironically, until Hagel took over, the DoD was headed by a succession of civilians. (I don't quite know what that little factoid is an indication of. lol)

    Ultimately, the proverbial "revolving-door" policy adopted by our government involving the military/government is just as bad or worse as the same kind of policy for big business/government.

    "Anyone with an aquarium knows that if you change the temperature and chemistry of the water, you're asking for trouble... big trouble." -- Oceanographer David Gallo

    by markthshark on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 03:55:58 PM PDT

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    •  One addendum... (3+ / 0-)
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      It's interesting to note that the "revolving-door" policy hasn't applied much to Congress. The ratio between military/Congress has really ebbed in recent years.

      Just an observation.

      "Anyone with an aquarium knows that if you change the temperature and chemistry of the water, you're asking for trouble... big trouble." -- Oceanographer David Gallo

      by markthshark on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 04:05:07 PM PDT

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      •  Not sure what to make of that. (2+ / 0-)
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        It could cut both ways.  We don't want "revolving door" military in Congress.  On the other hand, we do want principled ex-military, because frequently they're the only ones with the guts to call bullshit on the Military-Industrial Complex, and to actually work to take it down.

        •  I was just making an observation... (1+ / 0-)
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          not a judgment.

          If I was to make a judgment I'd probably agree with you. We need a firsthand perspective on military matters in Congress. But not all military perspectives. What we need is the perspective of actual participants in the fighting, the "grunts" if you will -- as opposed to members of the military hierarchy -- the generals and such. The latter would bring to Congress already-established relationships with the corporate world, i.e., the MIC you spoke of.

          I doubt we have much to worry about the latter much. Although there have been exceptions to the rule, if history is any indication, the higher-ups in the Military presumably consider holding congressional office as a couple steps down in status from where they're at when they retire from the military.

          Besides, why go to Congress when you could go for a kush, consulting job at a big defense contractor -- or -- a senior level policy head or a high-level agency/cabinet position in Washington?

          "Anyone with an aquarium knows that if you change the temperature and chemistry of the water, you're asking for trouble... big trouble." -- Oceanographer David Gallo

          by markthshark on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 06:49:11 PM PDT

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