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The Pentagon's Military Waste Machine Is Running Full Speed Ahead


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The Pentagon's Military Waste Machine Is Running Full Speed Ahead

William Hartung

From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn’t work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the most recent howlers in a long line of similar stories stretching back at least five decades. Other hot-off-the-presses ex


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If you aren't part of the machine you will be eaten by the machine. 19 trillion dollars in debt and no one is saying we are bankrupt, dumb. How many people would be uplifted out of poverty using this money for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? I hear calls to fix the infrastructure of america, what a joke. Makes me sick. We will continue to spending money on killing things until the end and that is not too far away. 3 cheers for the propaganda machine.


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"Why has waste at the Pentagon been so hard to rein in? The answer is, in a sense, not complicated: the military-industrial complex profits from waste."

The entire "economic" (I urge you to review the definition.) system is predicated upon waste. As long as solving one problem creates two more all is ripe for "economic" growth. It's a Ponzi scheme from the start, where the first to get paid win. Who is first to get paid? The banks that line up for candy at the Fed.


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Private industry in its role of "Being in control of the means of production" under the model of Capitalism. no matter what sector of production they are engaged in, will use the threat of "loss of jobs" to blackmail Governments.

Way back in the 1970s the province of Alberta under Premier Lougheed introduced the "Heritage trust fund". This was be a fund to collect royalties from Oil production into a fund that would be saved for future generations and be used to transform the economy off its reliance on oil. Norway modeled its own fund on that model.

Norway produced less oil overall per day then did Alberta and Norway came into the oil game decades later.

Today the Alberta fund stands at some 17 billion dollars while Norways is well over a trillion. What happened? The oil companies came to the Government demanding "lower taxes" in order to spur more investment so as to create jobs. They claimed jobs would be lost as the investments dired up and the Alberta Government dutifully cut taxes and Royaltes.

Other industries came cap in hand demanding "incentives" to set up shop in Alberta and "create jobs". Very few of these ever lead anywhere and were simply used to funnel those monies into the pockets of a few fraud artists. The oil prices crashed, thousands of Albertans are now being laid off and the province now runs a huge deficit.

This deficit is being blamed on the new NDP Government in place with it being claimed investment drying up because industry fears higher taxes.

Capitalism is a great con game. It just theft and little more and be it the Auto industry, the Oil Industry or the MIC and banking Industries, all are controlled by that same small few using that Corporate state model to rob the people blind.


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One man's waste is another man's profit.

Although most Murkins may not have learned anything from the Viet Nam occupation, the military industrial complex learned (MIC) that when a war or occupation ends, so does their revenue stream. The politicians they own will therefore assure eternal war and occupations to assure an eternal revenue stream for the MIC.


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Waste is the wrong word, that is an euphemism for wasteful profits. War profiteers do not see it as waste at all, they see it as making $ in the war business. What a racket!


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There will be no accountability for the trillion $ war business until the American people realize the scam, and that is: ENDLESS ENEMIES; FOR ENDLESS WARS; FOR ENDLESS WAR PROFITS!

America's enemies are mostly manufactured enemies designed to support the world wide hegemony and hubris of the strategic and vested interests of the American Empire, which in turn supports the war profiteering industries like Lockheed, Boeing and Raytheon among many others. It is simple econ 101: no enemies; no demand for war products.


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Back on Monday evening, September 10, 2001, Donald rumsfeld held a press conference at which he announced that $2.1 Trillion was missing from Pentagon oversight and could not be audited. In effect that amount of money was gone and no one knew where. Just think about that for a moment. we re talking about 2,100 billion dollars. Of course the next morning Rumsfeld's announcement went into deep freeze and no one ever mentioned it again, because the horror of 9/11 took immediate precedence. Circumstantial? Maybe but credibility is in very short supply within the US government, very short supply!


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Crapitalism is a great con game but it is worst than that. Crapitalism views any economic activity as good. Cleaning up after a disastrous hurricane is good. Spending trillions on a needless war machine is good. Tragic that it is so easy to spend billions on something as useless and vulnerable as an aircraft carrier and so difficult on something like medical care for all.


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Here the words of someone whom the stylish left of the 50's denigrated as a boring old fuddy-duddy:
"Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience.
The total influence --economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition
of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.
We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing
of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."


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Ike was right.....and not only that, the current MIC situation seems more hellish and out of control than even the General feared.


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It's only a quibble, because however the military machine is paid is beside the point of it being an evil phenomenon, but the TAXPAYER is not indebted one cent of his taxation for military spending.
The Federal reserve bank pays for it by marking up the military's accounts held in reserved at the Fed.
In that sense the budget is unlimited, and the waste it generates has no comeback. No doubt the military will be the last expense standing when the economy finally collapses into ruin.
The $Trillions wasted are little more than cyphers in accounts. But they did get into peoples' pockets at some point.


#14

You must watch this short screed called "Military Cancer" by ClassWarFilms~


#15

Put Senator Elizabeth Warren in charge of a full blown audit of the pentagon. The first place the good Senator could start cutting would be in the number of Generals and Admirals at the Pentagon. You could save several million dollars a year cutting the excess number of desk jockeys employed at the Pentagon just sitting around trying to pad their retirement at the cost to US taxpayers! Next, the amerikan taxpayer doesn't need eleven new Ford class aircraft carriers at $13 billion a piece! Kill the three headed turkey which is the F-35. Close down every one of our overseas bases, except those that are on US States (Hawaii, Alaska) or US possessions, (Guam, US Virgin Islands, etc.). The only US combat troops to be stationed overseas are the US Marines being used to guard US overseas Embassies! Stop the Air Force from deploying offensive weapons in space, Raygun and Star Whores were complete failures. Give Senator Warren full power to look through all of the military books including the Black Ops budget Then stand back and watch all hell break loose.