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  •  It was Rumsfeld who announced that (0+ / 0-)

    "the wars of the future will be waged in cyberspace." I suspect the idea appealed to his stinginess, the same impulse which prompted him to spring for electronic recordings of all military engagements and "save" the production of after-action reports. Although Rumsfeld stood at a writing desk and prided himself on using an ink pen to annotate reports that came to him, one suspects that mountains of paper-work were off-putting. So electronic data generation seemed like a godsend. And, if enemies could be beaten into submission by cutting their electric supplies, then troops, no matter how fungible, would no longer be wasted on the ground. "Boots on the ground," even if the troops have to shine them themselves, are a nuisance, if they get hurt. Malfunctioning electronic stuff can just be sent to the dump.

    More and more I am inclined to think that warfare is mostly the result of laziness and incompetence. Lazy and incompetent humans have to steal to survive. Getting others to do it for them is safer. Doing it with money is safest of all because cash is hard to track.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 03:35:28 AM PDT

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