Tuesday, August 12, 2014
THE AMERICAN WAY: WAR, MOM AND APPLE PIE
Did you ever wonder about the term ‘The American Military Industrial Complex?’ It is said that one third of our national budget is spent on National Security; but, once we include the military, Homeland Security, NSA, CIA (and all the other A’s we don’t know about) along with foreign aide and nation building we are probably closer to fifty-percent.
We can’t afford health care for US citizens but we can spend a projected one trillion, five hundred billion ($1,500,000,000) for a new F-35 fighter aircraft that so far has been a production disaster.
(Just to get an idea how ridiculous this sum is: If you banged a hammer on top of your desk once every second for twenty four hours a day – it would take you 48,000 YEARS to bang out 1.5 trillion)
I have often written in this blog that war is the natural state with intervals of peace between conflicts in order to regroup. But the real fact is that war and the military are a financial necessity for this country.
The base of the
no longer farming, but a military industrial complex. US
We buy oil from
Saudi Arabia and in turn buys military
weaponry from us. We give foreign aide
to Saudi Arabia Israel and returns
the money in the form of weapons purchases.
We don’t just police the world, we arm the world. We are supplying American weapons to Iraqi
Kurdistan to fight ISIL that is armed with American weapons that we originally
supplied to the Iraqi military. This is
not new. The sick joke in Israel was: You can tell the North Vietnamese Army from
the South Vietnamese Army – because the North Vietnamese have only
fifty-percent American weapons. Many of the M-16s in Vietnam were
made by the Mattel Toy Company (Made by Mattel – It’s Swell) and I was once issued
a military 45 pistol made by Singer – a weapons spin off of the Singer Sewing
Machine Company. Vietnam
Our economy depends on the military industrial complex. The military is constantly purchasing tanks, cars, trucks, aircraft, ships, fuel, uniforms, electronic equipment, ordinance, small arms, medical supplies, food and toilet paper… Much of the
economy is directly or indirectly supported by
military expenditures and by the sales of weapons and supplies sold, or
furnished to foreign nations in the form or foreign aide. U.S.
WAR, GOOD GOD YOU ALL – WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR – THE ECONOMY”