Most Veterans Say America’s Wars Are a Waste. No One’s Listening to Them “There’s a widening gap between Washington’s bipartisan militarism and veterans’ bipartisan war-skepticism.”
Poor People’s Moral Budget “As of September 2018, the Pentagon had 170,000 troops stationed in more than 90 countries. Most are stationed in Europe, Japan, and South Korea, notably the sites of major 20th century ground wars where the military went in and never left, much like Afghanistan today. The United States maintains at least 10 times as many foreign bases as the rest of the world combined at a cost of $150 billion per year including troops.”
Tomgram: Hartung and Smithberger, A Dollar-by-Dollar Tour of the National Security State Boondoggle, Inc.
Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget
The Pentagon’s purchase of $1.69 trillion worth of major weapons systems has been riddled by cost overruns, delays and other problems reflecting poor oversight, the Government Accountability Office said in its annual survey of Defense Department acquisitions.
The 229-page report subtitled “Limited Use of Knowledge-Based Practices Continues to Undercut DOD’s Investments” recommended that the DoD do a better job of checking out the design for a weapons system and what it’s supposed to do before buying it.
“Completion of a preliminary design review prior to starting development” would be advisable, the GAO said in its 17th annual survey of defense acquisitions, released Tuesday. “This lack of knowledge and the effects it can have throughout a program’s acquisition life cycle can increase the risk of undesirable cost and schedule outcomes.”
The report included breakouts on 51 of the 82 major weapons systems examined, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Zumwalt-class stealthy destroyer, Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) and KC-46 aerial refueling tanker.
“Percentage of U.S. veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seeking disability: 45.” (Source: Harpers)
Newsweek: Jimmy Carter Took Call About China From Concerned Donald Trump: ‘China Has Not Wasted a Single Penny on War’ Carter says that the U.S. has enjoyed only 16 years free from war in its 242 year history and recently spent $3 trillion on wars, while China has been war-free. No wonder China is overtaking the U.S.
The Risks of Permanent War by the RAND Corporation
Foreign Policy: Pentagon Seeks Massive Increase for ‘Slush Fund’ War Account (OCO)
Americas Permanent-War Complex, from the American Conservative.
“Eisenhower’s worst nightmare has come true, as defense mega-contractors climb into the cockpit to ensure we stay overextended.”
Another great article by Dave Lindorff: What happens when a treaty that’s working is cancelled: The Insanity of a Hypersonic Nuclear Cruise Missile Arms Race
Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, by James Risen.
The Pentagon Wins Again “In an effort to prevent non-defense cuts, House Democrats grant the DOD exactly the raise it wanted.”
A New Hopeful Moment for US Nuclear Policy Rep, Adam Smith calls for a saner nuclear policy.
“Larry Kerschner posted data from Hampton Institute,”Fellow workers and revolutionaries,If you ever doubted the profit motive of war, look no further than military-industrial-complex stock growth over the past 18 years (starting on 9/11/01, throughout the so-called “war on terror,” until close of business today, 4/23/19):
Lockheed Martin (per share): $38.49 to $333.10 (+ 865%) Raytheon: $24.85 to $187.58 (+ 754%) Northrup Grumman: $40.95 to $292.61 (+ 714%) Boeing: $68.35 to $374.02 (+ 547%) General Dynamics: $41.50 to $182.37 (+ 439%) Honeywell: $35.75 to $171.81 (+ 481%)
Every bomb dropped, bullet fired, life lost, and village destroyed is money in capitalist pockets. Substantial money. For example, 10,000 shares in Lockheed Martin, which were valued at $384,900 in 2011, are now worth $3.3 million. Easy money for investors, who have to do nothing but sit back, cheer on the death and destruction, and watch their portfolios swell.