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A lot of people are saying that we're already at war with Iran, of course, and I suspect this will be a topic of more cartoons to come in the New Year.  For the moment,  I'm just astonished that as we finally limp home from Iraq, people are seriously discussing the need to start a new war of choice.  

The penultimate panel refers to a recent poll which found that half of Americans support military action to stop Iran's nuclear program if sanctions fail, all of which sounds insanely, depressingly familiar.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:00 AM PST.

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  •  Are people seriously talking (23+ / 0-)

    about wanting to go to war with Iran? Or is it that the military-industrial complex looking to keep their war profits up?

    I think that its the defense industry and the media and politicians that they own who are pushing this idea at the moment. But that's where it starts.

    "She was very young,he thought,...she did not understand that to push an inconvenient person over a cliff solves nothing." -1984

    by aggressiveprogressive on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:05:28 AM PST

  •  As long as President Obama supports it (17+ / 0-)

    the majority of people on this board will support it.  Because he's the Commander-in-Chief, after all -- and a Very Sensible Person.  Unlike us sanctimonious antiwar purists.

    A new year, a time for many changes. Some we will like, some we won't.

    by Tommy Allen on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:06:52 AM PST

  •  Same as it ever was (24+ / 0-)
    "War is delightful to those who have no experience in it".

    Desiderius Erasmus

    "Nonviolent in the face of police brutality." Scott Olsen's email signature

    by BOHICA on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:07:43 AM PST

  •  Who can pull up those lovely pictures of young (18+ / 0-)

    Iranian protestors that we were all in support of a few years back?

    Those are the same people on whom bombs will fall if we go to war...

    We HAVE to find ways to change the leaders by supporting the people, not indiscriminately bombing them.

    •  Glad somebody else remembers that (4+ / 0-)

      Iran looked like, given time, the younger generation was going to rid itself of conservative mullah rule.

      It was happening before that imbecile Bush decided to call Iran part of the Axis of Evil and chickensh__ Cheney shook his fist at them from the safety of our aircraft carrier.

      No wonder Iranians huddled around a paranoid wacko to save them from our paranoid wackos.

      Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

      by deben on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:47:30 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  What's it like being a political cartoonist (32+ / 0-)

    in a political culture that's already a cartoon??

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:08:13 AM PST

  •  Jeez (17+ / 0-)

    So we can't take a country of 4 million, then a country of 24 million, so we think we can take a country of 75 million?

    And isn't the old WMD excuse getting a little jaded?

    •  the idea of someone invading the USA won't sell (0+ / 0-)

      and WMD adds to the sense of absolute urgency.No time to argue about it.
       That way the MIC can start with ideas of the mushroom cloud, and the corporate media will beat the war drums. Then some perceived attack like a Gulf of Tonkin incident will be used to launch the war.
      The price of oil will immediately jump up and more fortunes will be made...all while large numbers of men women and children will be maimed and killed. What a Country.

      I can understand why ANY Country with valuable resources would want nukes just to make the USA think twice about attacking.

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 12:58:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  "Let the boy enjoy the war." (10+ / 0-)

    Firesign theatre. 1973?

    Does anyone else remember?

    Zodiacal puns for the pot smoking patrons of the psychedelic sixties and seventies, trying to escape from a club swinging world gone mad with war and political upheaval. Guerrilla Theatre in the streets, humorously deprogramming a populous from the narcotic of pop culture. Fighting clowns against the powers that be.
  •  If we invade Iran before the election (9+ / 0-)

    Obama will take it off the table as an issue for the dern Republican hawks!  Genious.  Genious.

    Happy New Year

  •  third time's the charm (10+ / 0-)

    and even if not, there are plenty of other countries over there.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:10:47 AM PST

  •  Entangling alliances (5+ / 0-)

    Just like Iraq, this beating of the drums for Iran military action is being pushed by the same neocons who said we needed the Pearl Harbor type event that occurred on 9-11.

    At the crux of all of it has been the ''special' entangling relationship that we have (like it or not) with a country in the region.     Our founding father warned us about such relationships.

    Victims of bigotry are the poorest, least influential members of society.......never the wealthiest, most educated, most overrepresented in high levels, and most influential. Bigotry hurts the least influential. To claim or say otherwise is absurd.

    by dailykozzer on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:15:30 AM PST

  •  War is in nobody's interest that I (4+ / 0-)

    can understand. I really don't get it, and I'm all for isolationism except in cases of actual national defense. After the last decade I can't believe how many are ready to be told we have to go to war again.

    I don't get it. Anyway, if our budget is so important, then war as a pastime has to go.

    Pareto Principle: 20% of the people do 80% of the work.

    by jeff in nyc on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:17:03 AM PST

    •  Well... (5+ / 0-)

      ...we never collected that "peace dividend" from when the USSR collapsed. War makes profits for defense contractors and now for mercenary contractors.

      They benefit plenty.  They certainly qualify as "job creators."

      "Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing glove." P.G. Wodehouse

      by gsbadj on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:49:15 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  one contractor overseas for every deployed (6+ / 0-)

        In Afghanistan, 105,000 U.S. troops are supported by about 101,000 civilian contractors.

        --
        Few Americans realize there is almost one contractor overseas for every deployed service member, Pitts said.

        At times, the number of contractors actually has exceeded the number of troops in the war zone. Between September 2007 and June 2010, for example, contractors outnumbered troops in Afghanistan by as many as 41,000, based on quarterly "boots on the ground" census reports to Congress.

        HOUSTON CHRONICLE
        December 27, 2011

        http://www.chron.com/...

        Rhetoric has to be matched with actions. "Only actions don't lie."

        by allenjo on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:19:33 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  war ,like everything else, is getting privatized (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          allenjo, gsbadj

          ...so we can "out compete" the rest of the world.

          without the ants the rainforest dies

          by aliasalias on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 01:03:22 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Plus there's deniability (0+ / 0-)

            "All our troops are out of there.  It wasn't OUR fault that XYZ went wrong."

            On top of it, I'd be curious to see the extent to which our mercenaries/"contractors"retain the sort of immunity that we forced down the throats of the original Iraqi Govt.

            "Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing glove." P.G. Wodehouse

            by gsbadj on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 01:22:27 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

    •  Ever heard that "Follow the money" advice? It's (3+ / 0-)

      amazing how dollars counted out by the $trillion as the "natural unit" can motivate millions to say "Hey, these weapons and systems we peddle will never really be USED, or only against weak little Wogs who are too dumb to figure out how to batter us, the Great USA, into 'strategic rearward advances to previously prepared positions (the Military never says "Retreat!" or "Rout!" and more) by the wise application of terrain and simple technology in a wonderfully asymmetric fashion."

      We are, collectively, either plain, dumbshit stupid, and/or stuck with a death wish as a species -- like a person with a virulent, metastatic lung cancer who just can't stop smoking... The post-national, IMO treasonous MIC makes out just like the tobacco companies -- living and getting rich off an addiction (how many of you can't wait to get back to your "Call of Duty -- Latest Mission"?), and if one national population starts to kick the habit, well, just sell the stuff you made using the resources of the "Homeland" to whoever else can be suckered into dreams of local or global hegemony. Gee, why does "the US" sell F-15s to Saudis, again? Or Sikorsky sell Blackhawks to Communist China?

      And how many just sit and stare and do not care?

      "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

      by jm214 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:56:51 AM PST

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      •  jm214, forgive my chuckle, it's a compliment. (0+ / 0-)

        Your comment reads like a scene from "The Big Bang Theory".   Your diary would make a great soliloquy for Sheldon.

      •  Well, none of that explains (0+ / 0-)

        a money losing disaster like another war. Sure, some will get rich, but most will get either screwed or killed. I don't get it.

        And, it's a net drain on America, and a huge one too.

        The 1% probably won't lose money, but I bet they'd make even more if we don't invade Iran.

        Pareto Principle: 20% of the people do 80% of the work.

        by jeff in nyc on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 01:57:00 PM PST

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    •  Unfortunately (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      shaharazade

      The owners of the government are interested in war, because it increases their income by stealing from the rest of us: military-industrial complex, media, mongerers of politcal hatred and bigotry.

      There's no chance against them until they are removed from the power they have usurped from us.

      FOSI: Full Of Shit Information - Both my sister and I are trivia freaks...

      by Spoc42 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:35:01 AM PST

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  •  Haven't we always been at war with Iran? nt (9+ / 0-)

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:17:48 AM PST

  •  Am I supposed to be for the war if (13+ / 0-)

    President Obama starts it and against the war if a President Romney or Gingrich starts it?  Brilliant cartoon, depressing as hell though.

  •  Cartoon says it. That's exactly what many (5+ / 0-)

    people say right now.  They'd better be ready to join this time.  

  •  Most people don't really understand (6+ / 0-)

    what countries already have nuclear weapons, and so they view Iran gaining them as something new and scary.  We will have to work on that ignorance somehow.

    Occupy the voting Booth!

    by anonevent on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:20:32 AM PST

  •  Somewhere McCain and company are busy singing (12+ / 0-)

    "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran", and unfortunately more and more people are joining in.  I am constantly amazed by the united lack of critical thinking that permeates the political landscape of this country.

    Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day. Harry Truman

    by temptxan on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:24:44 AM PST

  •  If they actually close the Straits of Hormuz... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    NoMoreLies

    ...there will be no discussion about what to do anymore than there was when Franz Joseph Ferdinand was assassinated.

    And, in an oil addicted world, making next to no progress in getting off the sauce, it would be hard to argue against military action, since our economy and Europe's could not possibly stand for such a blow.

    Important whining and Red Sox stuff at http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/

    by Barth on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:24:56 AM PST

    •  Beg to disagree. Parts of our "economy" would do (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      DSPS owl

      really well off such an event.

      Your observation contains all that's needed for the unthinking many to justify a war-spasm that would inevitably be a whole lot worse for most people than a temporary 17% reduction in the amount of crude flowing around the planet.

      "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

      by jm214 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:01:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Like it or not.... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        PSzymeczek

        ...The price of gasoline and heating oil is very important to most Americans, not in an intellectual sense, but in a food on the table sense.

        If you have an economic explanation as to why my "observation" is wrong (not a political one, please), feel free.

        I read the Greening of America a long time ago.  Still waiting.

        Important whining and Red Sox stuff at http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/

        by Barth on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:39:31 AM PST

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        •  Yeah, "economically," screwing up the flow of (0+ / 0-)

          oil will (I say "will," because it sure looks like it's inevitable to me,) will, screw over a lot of our fellow Americans. Who then might very likely conclude "we" need to invade Mexico or Canada and steal their oil. So yes, of course, you are right, indisputably correct, on the money: Even $4-a-gallon regular gasoline is a hardship for many including me, and I was speaking to a different matter altogether.

          My point was that, politically, what you say is what will fill the minds of people who "vote" and sit back and let everyone else cough up the costs (money and cannon fodder) to Protect The Flow Of Oil, even if the result is a global conflagration.

          Yeah, this Vietnam vet is still waiting, too, for that Greening, and now for Hope and Change... It's so hard for anyone to agree with anyone else on anything in blogspace, isn't it? Nothing but pride and prickles...

          "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

          by jm214 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 06:08:01 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Military action would make the oil sitch worse (0+ / 0-)

      It always has.

    •  Maybe Obama's next war will jumpstart the solar (0+ / 0-)

      energy industry here in the US. If we are lucky, we will all get those promised green jobs: installing solar panels on  fallout shelters.

  •  Americans love war! Just so long as (7+ / 0-)

    their kid ain't the one fighting it. But, yeah! Let's kick some more ass! What's it been, 10 minutes since we haven't been fighting two wars? Gotta keep that MIC humming!

  •  Well, if that's true.... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jm214, deben, DSPS owl, foresterbob

    That 50% of americans think we need to go to war with a country where the PEOPLE of that country actually kinda love america and what it (or at least used to) stand for,then I have no other conclusion  to make but..Intellectually speaking, 50% of americans couldn't find their own asses with both hands. Anyone who is paying attention to what is going on in Iran knows that sooner or later Iran's young and determined population will take care of their oppressive government in their own way, if we just give them the time and moral support they need to chart their own course.

  •  Unfortunately I see too much bellicose (7+ / 0-)

    talk from the Democrats. I guess that they don't want to be perceived as soft on communism ... I mean terrorism.

    A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

    by slatsg on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:28:37 AM PST

  •  The war "machine" (0+ / 0-)

    Johnson kept us in Vietnam for one purpose IMO...continuing economic prosperity in America.  I firmly believe that.  And, although I don't think we went into Iraq and Afghanistan for the specific purpose to boost our economy, wars DO, in fact, provide a huge boost in economic prosperity for America.  Many a millionaire has been made by the war "machine".  Many millions of people have been employed from our war efforts from making bulletproof vests to APVs to tanks to planes.....not to mention the enormous amount of GS workers associated with our various military bases all over this country and around the world.  

    So, ending all military efforts around the world will certainly be a big bust for American industry/employment...and therein lies the impetus for continued "involvements" by just so many politicians.  

    It's a double-edged sword and in some ways a catch-22 for America.  

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:28:42 AM PST

    •  Johnson kept us in Vietnam because (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      happymisanthropy, shaharazade

      he had no ability to just end something.  He could not accept losing.

      Occupy the voting Booth!

      by anonevent on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:41:24 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Spend some time at DOD contracts awarded site (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      r2did2, aliasalias, lotlizard

      Millions upon millions awarded every business day to keep that war machinery going, and war profiteers wealthy......

      http://www.defense.gov/...

      Rhetoric has to be matched with actions. "Only actions don't lie."

      by allenjo on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:31:06 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Hey, great site (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        allenjo

        Thanks.

        - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

        by r2did2 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 09:10:40 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  I used to be at that site (0+ / 0-)

        nearly every day.

        The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. - William O. Douglas

        by PSzymeczek on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 01:22:45 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Then you know its pretty much like this every (0+ / 0-)

          business day. Millions of taxpayer dollars so needed to start building up our country, but instead going up in smoke.........every business day, millions and millions and millions spent for the most expensive military in the world, and as our country implodes.

              No. 1052-11, December 30, 2011  CONTRACTS

          MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

                      The Missile Defense Agency is announcing the award of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Development and Sustainment Contract (DSC) to The Boeing Co., Missile Defense Systems, Huntsville, Ala.  The total value of this contract is $3,480,000,000.  This contract was competitively awarded following the receipt of two proposals.  The scope of work under this contract includes, but is not limited to:  future development; fielding; test; systems engineering, integration and configuration management; equipment manufacturing and refurbishment; training; and operations and sustainment support for the GMD Weapon System and associated support facilities.  Work will be performed at multiple locations, including:  Huntsville, Ala.;  Fort Greely, Alaska;  Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.;  Schriever Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Tucson, Ariz.; other government designated sites and other contractor designated prime, subcontractor, and supplier operating locations.  The DSC period of performance is seven years; December 2011 through December 2018.  Fiscal 2012 research, development, test and evaluation funds will be used to initially fund efforts under the DSC.  The Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (HQ0147-12-C-0004).

                      Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a sole-source letter contract at a total not-to-exceed price of $1,960,000,000 to supply two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Weapon Systems and provide support services under a Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates.  Work will be managed in Sunnyvale, Calif., with final assembly performed in Troy, Ala.  Performance extends from Dec. 30, 2011 through June 30, 2016.  The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity.

                      Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Mass., is being awarded a sole-source letter contract, with a not-to-exceed value of $582,516,377, as an undefinitized contract action (UCA) to provide two AN/TPY-2 radars for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Work will be performed in Woburn, Mass.  The period of performance is Dec. 30, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2018.  UAE FMS funds in the amount of $582,516,377 will be used to fund this effort.  Definitization of the UCA is anticipated in June 2012.   The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (HQ0147-12-C-0005).

                      Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Mass., is being awarded a sole-source letter contract, with a not-to-exceed value of $363,900,000, as an undefinitized contract action to provide two AN/TPY-2 radars.  Work will be performed in Woburn, Mass.  The period of performance is Dec. 30, 2011 through March 30, 2015.  Procurement funds in the amount of $363,900,000 will be used to fund this effort.  The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (HQ0147-12-C-0006).

          ARMY

                      Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $605,998,104 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for the 2012 Patriot advanced capability production requirement, which includes missiles, launchers, and ground support, for Taiwan. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas;  Camden, Ark.;  Lufkin, Texas; Chelmsford, Mass. and Ocala, Fla., with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2015.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-12-C-0002).

                      Avon Protection Systems, Inc., Cadillac, Mich., was awarded a $176,364,534 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the production of M61 filter canisters for Joint Service general purpose mask.  Work will be performed in Cadillac, Mich., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 22, 2016.  The bid was solicited through the Internet, with six bids received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W911SR-12-D-0001).

                      Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded an $81,168,138 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to convert UH-60M aircraft to the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces unique configuration.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-08-C-0003).

                      Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., Monroeville, Pa., was awarded an $80,000,000 firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursable contract.  The award will provide for the emergency response services for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Work location will be determined with each task order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 30, 2016.  The bid was solicited through the Internet, with three bids received.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Neb., is the contracting activity (W9128F-12-D-0003).

                      Longbow Limited Liability Corp., Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $64,332,047 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to definitize radar electronic unit and unmanned aerial vehicle tactical common data link low rate initial production for Taiwan.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2015.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-10-C-0005).

                      AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Md., was awarded a $54,795,517 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure laser designator retrofit kits for the Shadow unmanned aircraft system.  Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Md., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2014.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-08-C-0023).

                      General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, St. Petersburg, Fla., was awarded a $43,824,598 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of 120mm insensitive munitions high explosive tracer cartridges to the Arab Republic of Egypt.  Work will be performed in several cities across the United States, as well as Norway and Canada, with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2015.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-12-C-0002).

                      Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Andover, Mass., was awarded a $34,285,600 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of three Patriot fire units and training equipment for Taiwan.  Work will be performed in several locations within Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, Italy, Greece, and Canada, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2016.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-12-C-0069).

                      Technologists, Inc., Arlington, Va., was awarded a $30,633,335 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the construction services for projects in Afghanistan.  Work will be performed in Kabul, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of March 27, 2013.  The bid was solicited through the Internet, with six bids received.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, Miss., is the contracting activity (W912DQ-12-C-4000).

                      Cox Construction Co., Vista, Calif., was awarded an $18,710,400 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the construction services at the Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, Calif.  Work will be performed in Los Alamitos, Calif., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2013.  The bid was solicited through the Internet, with 11 bids received.  The National Guard Bureau, San Luis Obispo, Calif., is the contracting activity (W912LA-12-C-0001).

                      Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., was awarded an $18,185,434 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of an additional six months logistics support.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2012.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-06-D-0072).

                      Dragados USA, Inc., New York, N.Y., was awarded a $15,284,720 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the services in support of the Portugues Dam and Bucana River Project.  Work will be performed in Ponce, Puerto Rico, with an estimated completion date of March 13, 2013.  The bid was solicited through the Internet, with two bids received.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (W912EP-08-C-0011).

                      Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $13,918,946 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure 92H Block-1 Stinger missiles and air-to-air launchers for Taiwan.  Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2016.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-09-C-0520).

                      Scola, McClelland, Iowa, was awarded a $13,335,756 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the language broadcast cable service for multiple locations with the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.  Work will be performed in Monterey, Calif., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 25, 2012.  The bid was solicited through the Internet, with two bids received.  The U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Dix, N.J., is the contracting activity (W91LV2-11-C-0009).

                      Manson Construction Co., Seattle, Wash., was awarded a $12,608,500 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the maintenance dredging services for areas located in Savannah, Ga.  Work will be performed in Savannah and Brunswick, Ga., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2012.  The bid was solicited through the Internet, with two bids received.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity (W912HN-12-C-0001).

                      General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, Calif., was awarded a $12,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for the support services for Warrior A/Block 0 unmanned aircraft systems.  Work will be performed in Poway, Calif., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 17, 2013.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-12-C-0001).

                      Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded an $11,685,735 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure heavy expanded mobility tactical truck light equipment transporter vehicles.  Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2013.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-D-0024).

                      Seneca Construction, L.L.C./J2 Engineering, J.V., Irving, N.Y., was awarded an $8,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for full-range support services to customers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Work location will be determined with each task order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 16, 2016.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-12-D-0008).

                      Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $7,789,759 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of Modernized Laser Range Finder Designator Lot 1 kits and associated spares.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2014.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-11-C-0120).

                      Strategic Resources, Inc., McLean, Va., was awarded a $7,724,490 firm-fixed-price, labor-hour contract.  The award will provide for the services necessary to support Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s mobilization mission.  Work will be performed in Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., with an estimated completion date of June 27, 2012.  Six bids were solicited, with six bids received.  The Mission Contracting Office, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., is the contracting activity (W9124D-11-C-9000).

                      Certified Slings, Inc., Casselberry, Fla., was awarded a $7,643,262 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the 5,000 aerial delivery cargo slings.  Work will be performed in Casselberry, Fla., with an estimated completion date of June 1, 2014.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-12-C-0070).

          AIR FORCE

                      Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev., is being awarded a firm-fixed price delivery order 0001 contract in the amount of $355,126,541 for the Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft and associated support.  The delivery order is being issued under the simultaneously awarded basic contract FA8637-12-D-6001, an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This is a non-developmental aircraft procured for conducting advanced flight training, surveillance, air interdiction, and close air support.  The LAS aircraft is a single-engine turboprop fixed-wing aircraft with tricycle, retractable landing gear, and tandem two-place pressurized cockpit with ejection seats, capable of operating from semi-prepared air fields.  Ground training devices support pilot training.  Interim contractor support is required for all maintenance and supply requirements for the aircraft and associated support equipment, consisting of the following:  20 LAS aircraft; one lot interim contractor support long lead in the continental United States; one lot interim contractor support base activation outside the continental United States; six mission planning  stations; six mission debrief systems; one computer based trainer ground training device; one flight training device ground training device; one lot LAS flight certification to United States Air Force Military Training Center standards.  Locations of performance are Sparks, Nev. (55 percent), and Jacksonville, Fla. (45 percent).  Delivery order 0001 is expected to be completed Apr. 30, 2014.  The basic contract has an ordering period of 60 months.  ASC/WWYAC, Wright-Patterson, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

                      Raytheon Co., Waltham, Mass., is being awarded a $38,472,002 cost-plus-award-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  This contract modification is for the modernized user equipment completion effort.  This effort corrects modernized user equipment receiver card deficiencies that were identified during functional qualification testing, in order for the receiver cards to comply with contract requirements.  The location of performance is El Segundo, Calif.  Work is expected to be completed November 2012.  SMC/GPK, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8807-06-C-0004, P00073).

                      Integral Systems, Inc., Columbia, Md., is being awarded a $15,698,435 cost-plus-award-fee contract for modification exercises option contract line item number 1006-calendar year 2012 sustainment in support of the Command and Control System Consolidated program.  The support includes program management, hardware and software maintenance, core and satellite vehicle-specific software maintenance, database maintenance, and operations support for Satellite Operations Center Block at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.  The two locations for the performance are Colorado Springs. Colo. (50 percent), and Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. (35 percent).  Work is to be completed by Dec. 31, 2012.  SMC/MSCSD, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA4701-01-C-0012, P00199).

                      Boeing Satellite Systems, Inc., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded a $9,497,495 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  This contract modification of the Wideband Global SATCOM Block II follow-on contract is for spacecraft modernization initiative digital channelizer upgrade study.  The location of performance is El Segundo, Calif.  Work is expected to be completed Jan. 1, 2012.  SMC/PKJW, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8808-10-C-0001, P00021).

                      Raytheon Co., Network Centric Systems, Marlborough, Mass., is being awarded a $9,443,490 cost-plus-award-fee, firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials and cost reimbursement contract.  This action will continue to provide survivable communications for United States strategic nuclear forces; the Minuteman Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network Program must be upgraded to support communications via the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite constellations.  The location of performance is Marlborough, Mass.  Work is expected to be completed 12 months after receipt of order. ESC/HNSK, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (FA8726-08-C-004, P00080).

          DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

                      CSD, Inc.*, New Conroe, Texas, was awarded a fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract with a maximum $11,832,260 for fuel system icing inhibitor.  No other location of performance.  Using service is Defense Logistics Agency Energy.  There were three responses to the solicitation.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 Defense Capital Working Funds.  The date of performance completion is Jan. 30, 2013.  The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-12-D-0760).

                      Grimes Aerospace Co., Urbana, Ohio, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum $9,570,000 for searchlights.  No other location of performance.  Using service is Army.  There was one response to the solicitation. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 capital working funds.  The date of performance completion is December 2014.  The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (SPRRA1-12-D-0049).

          Rhetoric has to be matched with actions. "Only actions don't lie."

          by allenjo on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:17:26 PM PST

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  •  ...or as Douglas Adams put it... (2+ / 0-)
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    maryabein, Leftcandid

    "Live and learn. Or at least learn."

    "Ridicule may lawfully be employed where reason has no hope of success." Ed Brayton "Comment is free, but facts are sacred." C.P. Scott -7.75/-6.05

    by QuestionAuthority on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:30:16 AM PST

  •  But, but, but,... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...just think about how defense industries have benefitted.  And all the trickle-down.  :::coughing:::

    I'm boran2 and I approve this message. -SLB-

    by boran2 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:30:34 AM PST

  •  Not sure where it is coming from, but (3+ / 0-)

    we have heard it here in Northeast Washington wingnuttia land.  Went out to a function with a lot of Repubs on Friday and they were sure we were going into Iran.  A neighbor, a Dem, has been hearing it from his coffee drinking buddies.

    What I usually say, is If you liked the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, Iran will be just like those wars, but on steroids.

    I know a lot of Republicans and just am amazed at how much these nice, good people are like sheep.

  •  A left-wing disagreement (1+ / 0-)
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    Barth

    Iraq's nuke was fiction--made up by a president eager to impose upon a vulnerable and credulous public by exploiting a still-fresh 9-11 for political gain. Iran's nuke, OTOH,  is not fiction at all.  It is about to become a reality. It will be brandished in the face of a cowed Mideast and in the face of a President who has consistently refused to play the cowboy.

    Bush, et. al. disgraced America with their lies about WMDs and the insupportable and criminal war of choice in Iraq, which I say again was undertaken for domestic political gain.  Does that mean that we are never again to consider military action against an enemy that is rapidly--and in point of actual fact--approaching a point that could credibly threaten large parts of the world with nuclear destruction at the order of religious fundamentalists who issue Fatwas against even novelists who offend them?  I would no more tolerate such a possibility than I would allow the nuclear arming of the Phelps Church.  

    It is my gut reaction as a leftist that in this particular case, unlike the Bush Cases, taking a military option off the table is wrong.  We're the fact-based community, after all.

    •  Sadly, we are past rational thought (1+ / 0-)
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      but there is no valid way to compare Hussein to Iran.  This is far more serious, but yakking about Iowa is way more fun.

      Important whining and Red Sox stuff at http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/

      by Barth on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:59:21 AM PST

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      •  Iran cannot hurt us (1+ / 0-)
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        I no longer believe in the need for military action in the region by our forces and have a severe distrust of anyone who tries to sell it.

        The MIC has cried wolf far to many times.

        You may think that. I couldn't possibly comment.-- Francis Urqhart

        by Johnny Q on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 01:12:12 PM PST

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    •  Is this really a job for the US military? (3+ / 0-)
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      I'm being serious. I don't disagree with your main point that Iraq's WMD's were proven to be fiction and Iran's are more likely to be proven real, but the existence of an intent to build nuclear weapons is not a case for a full-scale invasion, IMHO.

      What would be the military objective of a war in Iran? Going in with the idea that we would replace their government with one that would be less hostile to their neighbors and unwilling to develop nuclear weapons is not a military objective. Find the nukes and destroy them , then get out? Sounds like a smaller scale operation, not a war, even if it were justified.

      Just throwing out some thoughts. I think it's worth discussing,which is what we should have done 10 years ago.

      "A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears"...Gertrude Stein

      by Giles Goat Boy on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:15:55 AM PST

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    •  The Mullahs want their 'bomb', and A.Q. Khan (1+ / 0-)
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      gave them a recipe, but, their 'delivery system' (a vital part) is still 'in development' and is based on N. Korean designs (which if you have noticed, don't work very well). That, plus the simple fact that the original Ayatollah, Kohemeni, executed or exiled most of Iran's "Western Educated' scientists, engineers, etc. in '79-80, and you have the 'blind leading the blind' on their 'project'. My guess, is they will never 'get it all together', and it's all a bluff (on their part). My only hope (and it's faint) is that Obama will talk tough, and do nothing.

      May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

      by oldcrow on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:22:49 AM PST

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    •  Good Lord (1+ / 0-)
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      Even if they had a bomb now, it would take decades before they were "approaching a point that could credibly threaten large parts of the world with nuclear destruction".  That's how long it took the U.S.

    •  I'm certainly no dove (4+ / 0-)
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      but I'm not convinced that the Iran leadership is ready to wipe Iran off the map (any attack, no matter how small, would be answered with the complete destruction of Iran by Israel, the US and other countries). Yes they are fundamentalist but they are not irrational suicide bombers, or so it seems to me. They care about their country and their own lives and happiness.

      Thus I don't buy the implicit comparison of Iran leaders with suicide bombers.  

      The best way to contain Iran may be to help it develop economically so that a middle class is created which can revolt against the priests.

      Conservatism = greed, hate, fear and ignorance

      by Joe B on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:35:54 AM PST

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    •  Yes war with Iran is the pragmatic realistic thing (0+ / 0-)

      only foolish extremists would oppose it.

      The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

      by ActivistGuy on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 09:01:49 AM PST

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  •  and these sensible people vote based upon (2+ / 0-)
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    these sensible ideas.

    Historians Politely Remind Nation To Check What's Happened In Past Before Making Any Big Decisions

    Please people, look at the timeline of history and find the significant event...now look to the right and see if you like what appened after

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 07:49:33 AM PST

  •  War is Peace. . . (2+ / 0-)
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    Remember this?  In 1984 it is a cynical way to dispose of wealth without allowing a middle class to develop.  Welcome to 2008 and beyond!

    Old Hippies Never Give Up!

    by ravenrdr on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:13:47 AM PST

  •  And how does it come to be (0+ / 0-)

    that 50% of the nation is geared up for invading Irn, after all the war-weariness over Iraq and Afghanistan?  Could it be due to relentless pro-war and anti-Iranian propaganda, continuously and uninterruptedly emitting from the nation's political leadership of both parties?  As far as I can tell, that's the only possible way to get there, but success!  Bipartisan comity and Washington Consensus  have achieved the noble goal of having the American people properly prepared to go to war with Iran.  It will be the highlight, the defining, signal achievement, of the second Obama administration, the great legacy.

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:45:27 AM PST

  •  Thanks for using the perfectly cromulent word (2+ / 0-)
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    blindcynic, PSzymeczek

    "embiggen."

    The rich are eating the world. The Republicans are their teeth. The Democrats are dentists who refuse to pull those teeth because they are so beautiful and sharp.

    by Leftcandid on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:52:01 AM PST

  •  The Theme Song of the U.S. Military Complex: (0+ / 0-)

    "All we are saaaaaaaayiiiiing,
    is give war a chance!"

  •  The power of propaganda. That is what (4+ / 0-)

    is proven by "50% of Americans support military action against Iran." They've gotten it down to a science and most people cannot see through it.

    We have "Nobel Peace Drones" creating terrorists one hellfire missile at a time

    by pathman on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 09:07:13 AM PST

  •  I recently learned Greenwald is one of them (3+ / 0-)

    By one of them, I mean Glenn Greenwald is one of the pundits like Tom's drawn who supported the Iraq war but likes to lecture everyone about bad foreign policy:

    http://www.bookbrowse.com/...

    During the lead-up to the invasion, I was concerned that the hell-bent focus on invading Iraq was being driven by agendas and strategic objectives that had nothing to do with terrorism or the 9/11 attacks. The overt rationale for the invasion was exceedingly weak, particularly given that it would lead to an open-ended, incalculably costly, and intensely risky preemptive war. Around the same time, it was revealed that an invasion of Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein had been high on the agenda of various senior administration officials long before September 11. Despite these doubts, concerns, and grounds for ambivalence, I had not abandoned my trust in the Bush administration. Between the president’s performance in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the swift removal of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the fact that I wanted the president to succeed, because my loyalty is to my country and he was the leader of my country, I still gave the administration the benefit of the doubt. I believed then that the president was entitled to have his national security judgment deferred to, and to the extent that I was able to develop a definitive view, I accepted his judgment that American security really would be enhanced by the invasion of this sovereign country.

    contraposition.org - thoughts on energy, the environment, and society.

    by barath on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 09:08:17 AM PST

  •  Embiggen?? Did you really say embiggen? (1+ / 0-)
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    Spaghetti Western

    LOL!

    TMW is such a great way to start the week - I mean, depressing and all that, but a comic that totally gets it. Thanks, and good fortune in the new year.

    "Maybe this is how empires die - their citizens just don't deserve to be world leaders anymore." -Kossack Puddytat, In a Comment 18 Sept 2011

    by pixxer on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 09:12:39 AM PST

  •  This stuff about wars is not about (2+ / 0-)
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    foresterbob, foucaultspendulum

    thinking at all: it's paranoia, propaganda, and raw emotion.

    Then regret followed by an endless loop.

    Kinda like re-electing Republicans.

    "...be still, and cry not aloud; for it is an unholy thing to boast over slain men." Odysseus, in Homer's Odyssey

    by Wildthumb on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 09:30:53 AM PST

  •  I am not particularly worried (1+ / 0-)
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    foucaultspendulum

    about war with Iran under President Obama but I am if any of these Republican loons end up in the WH or if Israel decides to pick a fight and drag us in. sigh. Another military conflict is surely something we do NOT need right now.

  •  One of your best Tom (0+ / 0-)

    Gasoline made from the tar sands gives a Toyota Prius the same impact on climate as a Hummer using gasoline made from oil. ~ Al Gore

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 10:20:37 AM PST

  •  We won't be fooled again..?? (0+ / 0-)

    The fact that anyone supports a war with Iran is a scathing indictment on the intellect of the US citizenry. Also, a testament to the power of AIPAC, the military industrial complex, and the steady drumbeat of warmongering propaganda. If we allow our government to start another unilateral,  asinine, unwinnable war, then we as a country should cease to exist. The UN should seize our war making toys, disband our military, government, and put us under a UN coalition rule.

  •  To do this again is nuts. The GOP has only one (0+ / 0-)

    road. They just do the same thing, push the same thing, say the same thing. Conservative means no change do it over and over and tell everyone that it will come out different. Of course they want it to come out the same. Bomb Bomb  is the way to get all the money and kill all other people.

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