In a move critics warned could further deepen the ties between the sprawling and immensely profitable private weapons industry and the U.S. government, the White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump will nominate former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan to head the Pentagon.
This is the 'turbo-tax’ version of predatory capitalism puffing out on how its the only model and everything else is an enemy. Institutionalized gluttony - no wonder crack cocaine was weapon of choice in “war on drugs”. The parasitic model keeps trying to keep that cannibalism out of the TV camera picture frame.
The cost of militarism has been pompously rationalized by war criminals (is there any other kind of advocate?) Pompeo, Bolton and Abrams and their masters. These are liars - flat out - incapable of envisioning anything other than an adolescent Disneyland movie cartoon vision of being waist/waste deep in stolen treasure - while the planet gets trashed and the ancestral stewards are subjected to genocide.
Perhaps its time for some intense satire that focuses on the language coming out of their mouths. Have them wear the meaning of their words - And strip the rhetoric away completely…
“Nothing in my left hand, nothing in my right - where’d those homeless assistance earmarked monies go?” joshed the Defense Department nominee in a lighthearted display of his amateur magician skills.
Step one is to let Iran blow a bunch of planes out of the sky. Step two is for Boeing to replace them. Makes sense to me. “Profits, profits, über alles.”
From “Boeing to Bombing,” not that big a step for a man of his disqualifications.
Boeing huh? This guy’s going to have a really nice looking career until it suddenly nosedives and crashes, killing everybody on board.
If you care about ending the insanity and immorality of American imperialism, PLEASE DONATE TO MIKE GRAVEL’S CAMPAIGN.
The MIC has become a nefarious multi-headed beast that pervades every nook and cranny of our government and our culture. And it just keeps getting bigger and more powerful because BOTH parties suck at its teat, as they they wrap themselves in the warm, fuzzy blanket of “patriotism.” IMO American imperialism (with the sub-headings of regime change and war-for-profit) is the number-one issue, other than the urgency of climate change, that needs addressing. For all the talk from most progressives about fixing the rigged economy, nothing is going to fix it if we do not stop shoveling money down the black hole of our defense budget and perpetual war. Not only that, these perpetual wars of regime change are IMMORAL.
Only two candidates are even daring to utter the term “Military Industrial Complex” – Tulsi Gabbard and Mike Gravel. And of the two, Mike Grave is by far the most passionate and fiery. Not only that, he is on target on just about every other issue of urgency too. He needs to be on that debate stage in June, if for no other reason than to hold the other Democrats’ feet to the fire who are too cowardly to even address the immorality and the utter insanity of our wars for profit and regime change. Thus far, Mike is short of the goal of the 65,000 individual donations needed to qualify for the debates. I urge everyone here to go to his website and donate any amount you are able (even $1 will count towards that goal). Mike has guts. He is not afraid to tell it like it is. He will put the other Democrats in their place like no other candidate will. Tulsi is outspoken, too, but she is too nice about her stance. She will not call out the other Dems like Mike will, unflinchingly. We NEED somebody to speak the raw, ugly truth, to wake people up. Please donate and get him on that debate stage.
Very reassuring, isn’t it? This guy rose to the top of Boeing and helped usher in the new corporate culture (marking a shift from “engineering safety rules” to “financial returns rule”). Ignoring senior engineers and co-opting regulatory oversight, the new Boeing jury-rigged and jerry-built the 737-MAX to cut engineering, production and training costs (and increase investor returns), delivering a commercial airplane with “safety features” that literally take control from the pilots and crash the plane into the Earth. After returning swell bonuses to a few people, the 737-MAX now sits on the ground, and nobody wants to get on board! Can’t wait to see what this corporate psychopath can do for the military, which comes with a long history and ready-made culture of incompetence so deep that it originated and still exemplifies the terms FUBAR and SNAFU.
Now maybe they will start calling the department what it REALLY is: DEPARTMENT OF WAR!
Nah, that would be honest and there ain’t much honesty in the current government.
NOTHING surprises me anymore. sigh…
Seattle Times sez:
“Shanahan, 54, has no military or political experience. He is, however, familiar with defense procurement from the business side.”
So what’s the problem? Is it not the Pentacle’s primary function to route public dollars to private contractors?
Trumpenstein has assembled one heck of a team. One that is out to ingratiate themselves and their ilk primarily. But also primed for a coup, foreign or domestic, or worse another war of choice, not defense.
I vote for Department of War Profits.
Great addition, EdsNote!
Your pitch got $1 heading toward Mr Gravel, if nothing else!
Mike gravel will be 90 in 2020.
The excitement and rush of greed and power are written all over his face!!! He and his company friends will grow even richer, and with new wars in the offing, what’s not to love!!!
I have followed Mike Gravel for a long time and agree Mike needs to be included, but do you remember the last time that Mike Gravel was on the debate stage? Mike was completely ignored and when he was finally called upon his comment was: " I FEEL LIKE A POTTED PLANT IN THE CORNER, THAT NO ONE PAYS ATTENTION TO! "
And republicans try to say climate scientists are scamming the gov’t for tax money, then they do this.
He’s not looking to win, just wants to get to the debates so he can push the subject matter to the left, in front of the American people. Between him, Gabbard, and Sanders on stage together, progressive subjects are more likely to become a topic of debate.