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War Consciousness and the F-35


War Consciousness and the F-35

Robert C. Koehler

“The F-35 Lightning II Program (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program) is the Department of Defense’s focal point for defining affordable next generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and our allies. The F-35 will bring cutting-edge technologies to the battlespace of the future.”

Lurking behind this perky little PR blurb, from the F-35’s own website, is the void into which the soul of the human race has disappeared.


F-35's will be based in Burlington, Vermont? Didn't Bernie vote for this?


"Let’s sit in silence with these words for a moment.

In the silence, the word “why” emerges with enormous force"

good question, robert, and sadly the answer is money!


And money is the reason that the F-35 and all the other touted technological advances in weaponry. Sadly or I should say happily they don't work because the motive is profits for war industries and not efficiency or effectiveness. The war industries are very good snake oil salesmen and the Pentagon and Congress are well paid dupes. The Russians and Chinese spend a fraction of what the US spends on war and defense, but since there is no profit motive what they produce is very efficient and capable of handling whatever is thrown at them short of all out nuclear war. The MSM ignores all the evidence. The Pentagon knows and is frantically trying to catch up. A Chines sub surfaced within 500 meters of an aircraft carrier in spite of all the expensive detection devices and quietly disappeared. Russian jets flew over the hyper equipped Aegis electronic disabling ship and were unfazed. The scrotums in the Pentagon are very tight.
We are still led to think that the WWII Sherman tank of the US and the Panzer of the Germans were ultimate weapons but the Russian T34 was superior to both and is a major reason the USSR defeated the Nazis. The people of the US should demand an accounting and defunding of the Pentagon. It is doing us no good.


Some of Bernie's opponents made hay out of his stance on saying it was ridiculous to hold a gun shop or even a gun manufacturer libel for use of a product that isn't faulty (it's supposed to kill people). I thought that was ridiculous - Bernie was right on that one, we should be fighting that battle in other ways. However, he was (and probably still is) dead wrong on the F-35. Just type in Bernie and F-35 in a search engine and you will get plenty of information - e.g., try: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/09/bernie-sanders-loves-this-1-trillion-war-machine.html and http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/12/why-bernie-sanders-is-backing-a-15-trillion-military-boondoggle.html.

Disclaimer: I work for a competitor of Lockheed Martin, but that wouldn't prevent me from opposing stupid expensive military weapons systems no matter who made them.


Gleaming and beautiful and effective are all our modern weapons. And if all at whom they are directed would die instantly and completely we might applaud their use; after all, the dead are relieved of all the sufferings of the living. But in practice it doesn't work that way. Most attacks result in more incapacitated survivors than dead. These will suffer through the remainders of their lives all the while emburdening all those who have righteous Christian sympathy. With God's help might our consciences at last lead us to stop the madness?

thanks for your informative response, 'antisandman'! i guess from your chosen moniker that you'd like to wake our day dreaming fellow citizens to the truth, right? gee, for the most part the history of our so-called civilization is told as a war saga of conquest, genocide, exploitation and imperialism. we see that the .001% who define excessive greed as ambition to succeed have grown excessively wealthy. to the ceo's of the financial, fossil fuel and munition industries war is the goose that lays golden eggs, but why do so many people fall for the snake sales oil tactics? of course a lot of folks hope that goose might lay her eggs in "my" basket. they don't want equality; they want to be richer that others. robert kohler writes
What if we began waging peace against terrorism? That is to say, what if we began to recognize that understanding the enemy is what’s crucial, while thinking we can destroy what we fear is an illusion of monstrous proportions?

indeed! fear is a fundamental emotion experienced by every living organism. fear can be a life saver signaling one to take action in the face of a clear and present danger. yet the media, sponsored by the war-for-profits cartel, sells fear of an indefinite noun, terrorism, locking too many--maybe 30%?--into a constant state of mistrust and paranoia. buffey st. marie places blame squarely on the shoulders of the soldiers who join our "all volunteer" military, but i feel many sign on for lack of viable employment. among us humans, however, are maybe about 10%--mostly male--who thrill in the danger of war. these enjoy killing and torturing. for them it's the greatest, most exciting and the most dangerous game!

also, as 'dara' points out some find employment in the munitions industries such as lockheed, raytheon, whirlpool, boeing etc. unfortunately, money is so embedded in the very bedrock of modern western civilization to the point that dollars are integral to survival. food, water, health care all cost money. clean air also is a basic need, but oddly enough, our exploitative, capitalism destroys the very ecosystem which nurtures all life on earth. we sense a growing mistrust of the media, wall street and both political parties.

not as simple as ousting the greed-ridden 1% or replacing senators and reps at election time because we need to collectively pull our support from the entire system. i'd guess that only some 10% of us get that we must "wage peace against terrorism" too many fail to see that the democrats are as hooked on wall street as republicans--even bernie supports the war for profits ideology. her a bit from the true left:

As the Democrats Press for War, the Left Must Demand Peace and Social Transformation

The Democrats are whipping up war hysteria and “cynically seeking to harness people’s well-founded fears of Trump’s domestic policies in order to sabotage the possibility of a relaxation of international tensions.” Some folks have taken the bait. “Leftists that think they can exploit the split between the Trump troglodytes (fascists) and the Obama/Clinton/Old Line GOP War Party (fascists) will ultimately wind up caught in a pincer between the two.”


Anything to keep the gig of the 1% going. Social awareness doesn't translate into dollars. The military industrial complex is in charge and the massive scale of that operation prohibits change. It is so sad!


Making democracy -- or rather, capitalism -- safe for the world!


Which leads us to a possible answer:
Exit the (un)Democratic party.The
number of disaffected Democrats
could push the Green Party (which AS A
PARTY- refuses corporate money)-
into the position of seriously challenging the corporate parties.
A MAJORITY of Americans are disgusted with both parties.
If we won't change parties to save the
victims of our empire's bombs and
bullets around the world, maybe we
will do it because EXTINCTION stares
us in the face. Maybe not. Up to you