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'This Should Be Basic Common Sense': Lee and Pocan Urge Biden to Appoint Pentagon Chief Without Defense Contractor Ties

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/12/should-be-basic-common-sense-lee-and-pocan-urge-biden-appoint-pentagon-chief-without


Recall the fate of the last POTUS who failed to pander what was then the military industrial complex that subsequently (during the Raygun regime) evolved into the military industrial media infotainment complex (MIMIC) ?


But one can turn that around by wondering about the fate of those people who were on the receiving end of the Pentagon’s bombs, bullets and drones, all because no president has the courage to drastically cut the bloated military budget of the U.S. war machine.


Why isn’t there a website for the Defense Spending Reduction Caucus? I can find a few articles (e.g., ~https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/28/democratic-brawl-brewing-on-defense-spending-433435 - which doesn’t make my optimistic this is going anywhere under a Biden admin.). But I can’t find out who is in the caucus? Seems like they should be doing more outreach. A start would be for Barbara Lee to link her news release (which does show up as a top hit in Google now) to an actual home page for the caucus (~https://lee.house.gov/news/press-releases/reps-lee-pocan-announce-defense-spending-reduction-caucus).



Next you’ll be saying if we cut the military we could afford healthcare and other nice things civilized nation have.


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Next you’ll be saying if we cut the military we could afford healthcare and other nice things civilized nation have.

“If we cut Military spending, we could afford Healthcare and other nice things civilized nations have.”


I trust Barbara and Mark. That’s a start.

I do too. But they’re not doing a very good job publicizing this caucus that I can tell. I want to pressure my Congressperson (Ted Lieu) if he’s not in this caucus (I doubt he is but he occasionally surprises me for the better). I’m guessing others may also want to with their congressperson. That news release page was from July! What has happened since? Damned if I know.

This reads like Corbett’s on the right side of things. Did people really not know that Biden is not?

Let us move right past the rhetorical pretense that Biden is moderate or that he may be tempted towards peace. This man likes a good war, and he has associates whom he owes who make a great deal of money from killing people.

Let us move directly towards considering how to organize and move against what we are seeing here. There was no grace period for Trump because no one imagined that he would be anything but a problem. But why should Biden be treated differently? He keeps his mouth mostly shut, sure, but it is not like he does not have a record that can be checked.


Stupid and hopeful is not a virtue. Of course Biden will not be reversing his entire history. Those who supported him with expectations of change were negligently ignorant. His history was available for all to see. Y’all voted for more war, and you’re going to get it.

Let’s step away from the captured Democratic Party, and toward something that isn’t a long-proven failure. We People could have some power in Congress as soon as 2023.


Use Chuck Hagel as a model for sec’y of war dept.

Meanwhile, I want Biden to try and steer clear of dual citizenship types in the transition and governing after his installation. I deplore the heavy foreign influence that DC bows down to, even cowers to.

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Yeah, whatever HAS Maj. Tulsi Gabbard been up to, lately?

~https://www.dailyposter.com/p/the-real-story-about-never-trump (it’s THEIR party, that they’ll BUY if they want to?)

~https://greenwald.substack.com/p/biden-the-media-and-cia-labeled-the (OK, send in the RussiaRussiaRussia trolls)

~https://mobile.twitter.com/RashidaTlaib/status/1326983955908857858 (Biden appoints Mayo Pete!)

~https://www.wired.com/story/more-safety-data-would-be-nice-but-we-need-a-vaccine-now/ (Wired, changes sides… ABRUPTLY? “Anti-vax, Luddite Essentials” in 5… 4… 3…)

Jess, we’re off to a bad start. Biden has already appointed a third
of his defense/national security from the weapon’s makers, Lockheed-
Martin et al. And a Progressive domestic agenda not’s looking much
better; with Obama’s ghoul, Rahm Emmanuel as an adviser.
So we have Trump being the ugly face of fascism, and Biden being
its dopey face; I guess that’s democracy the American Way


Joe has seen the Zapruder film. He has always been a corporate, MIC , toady and will continue to be so. The Libertarian candidate wants to make America a nuclear Switzerland. Sounds excellent !

Rahm Emmanuel is not my friend. As Chicago mayor, he provided the super highway approvals to certain developers and paid off families of police victims.

That said, I am observing that Biden needs a left hand person to whack.
We are at war, with over 242,000 dead already and about another 200,000 more over the next 90 days.

Time to win. Bring in the bastards!!
And that is why Rahm has a seat at Biden’s incoming government.
Under the table/ squeezing gonads.and spewing swear words.

Stopping the deaths is far more important than my opinion of Rahm.