Closing Thought–22May19

A follow up to my post of the day on the M-IC…….

I have been a staunch opponent and critic of the Military-Industrial Complex (M-IC)……I see the defense contractors getting away with murder…both literally and physically…..

I have written about the waste at the Pentagon……https://lobotero.com/2015/04/28/wasted-days-and-wasted-money/

And then this post…….https://lobotero.com/2016/04/12/only-the-pentagon-could-spend-640-on-a-toilet-seat/

Finally some proof of the fraud a report has been issued…..

The four-page report covering fiscal year 2013 through 2017 was sent to lawmakers in December, as required under the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, but was released to FOIA requester Steven Aftergood, who writes the Secrecy News blog for the Federation of American Scientists.

Investigators at the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Defense Department Office of Inspector General found that during the five-year period, there were 1,059 cases resulting in criminal convictions of 1,087 defendants. “The cases reported involved 678 defendants as individual persons and 409 defendants as business entities,” the Pentagon said. “As a result of the criminal convictions, a total of $368,670,055 was recovered in fines and penalties; $370,194,702 was recovered through restitution; and $53,361,358 was recovered through forfeiture of property.”

https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2019/05/under-pressure-pentagon-makes-its-contractor-fraud-report-public/156991/

Just another case of fraud by contractors and the American people could care less where their money goes as long as their social bullshit issues are addressed.  Truly sad!

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Waiting For The Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy now there is a term that our Dear Beloved Supreme Leader should know by heart……but in this case I am talking about the many many wars that this nation is fighting….on just about every continent.

The M-IC has been playing a con, the long con, on the American people…….

Consider it a conundrum. Both parties in Congress and the president simply can’t pour enough money into the Pentagon and the rest of the national security state. As a result, theirs has been a cumulative trillion-dollar budget for years and it’s still on the rise. On the other hand, the domestic basics are increasingly being starved. When the president’s long-delayed infrastructure plan finally made it to Congress, two years late, it disappeared without a trace. Meanwhile, the country’s roads, rail networks, dams, schools, and so on are in increasingly poor shape. (In reality, the only infrastructure being built up is the Pentagon’s.) Meanwhile, Medicare is now slated to become insolvent in 2026, three years earlier than previously expected. As for the Social Security system, according to the latest government report, its costs will exceed its income next year and it’s expected to become insolvent in 2035. The result: retirement payments are likely to diminish and healthcare costs for aging Americans rise.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176558/

This country is spending so much taxpayer cash on wars and the so-called defense of the nation that it is slowly bankrupting the treasury….

War spending is bankrupting America.

Our nation is being preyed upon by a military industrial complex that is propped up by war profiteers, corrupt politicians and foreign governments.

America has so much to offer—creativity, ingenuity, vast natural resources, a rich heritage, a beautifully diverse populace, a freedom foundation unrivaled anywhere in the world, and opportunities galore—and yet our birthright is being sold out from under us so that power-hungry politicians, greedy military contractors, and bloodthirsty war hawks can make a hefty profit at our expense.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that your hard-earned tax dollars are being used for national security and urgent military needs.

It’s all a ruse.

 
Even parts of our military see the dangers we are in with this out of control spending on worthless systems…instead we need a new approach to defense…..

If Congress approves, the Trump administration will spend about $750 billion on defense in fiscal year (FY) 2020. The unanswered question is whether that considerable sum will make America and its friends and allies any safer. I fear not.

One reason for this concern is that 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) sets military objectives that are unobtainable, inexecutable, unnecessary, and unaffordable. The Pentagon’s strategy is “to compete, deter, and win” in an “increasingly complex security environment” with China and Russia atop the list of potential adversaries. But how China and Russia are to be defeated is unstated, a deficiency pointedly noted in the report by the Commission on the NDS.  “. . . the NDS too often rests on questionable assumptions and weak analysis, and it leaves unanswered critical questions regarding howthe United States will meet the challenges of a more dangerous world.” It goes on to say, “. . . it does not articulate clear approaches to succeeding in peacetime competition or wartime conflict against those rivals. Resource shortfalls, unanticipated force demands, unfilled capability gaps, and other risk factors threaten DOD’s ability to fulfill the central goals of the NDS . . .” 

https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2019/april/needed-workable-and-affordable-defense-strategy

The key is an “affordable” approach to defense……AFFORDABLE!

As it is now there is NOTHING affordable about the crap the M-IC has this nation spending hard cash on…….again the key is to find an approach that is….AFFORDABLE!

The privatization of war is NOT it!

Thoughts?

Popularity Is Everything!

There is polls on everything including a poll on polls…..so to say that the country is leaning one way or the other is just silly and all it does is add to the confusion of the voter.

Like a poll I saw the other day…..

President Trump has crossed the critical 50% approval line needed to win reelection as millennials and independents are moving to embrace him, according to a new survey.

The latest Zogby Poll put Trump’s approval rating at 51%, his highest ever in the trademarked survey.

Zogby Analytics pollster Jonathan Zogby said that the president is riding a booming economy and could be hard to beat should the nation’s economic health continue to improve.

His survey found that several groups that had been leaning against Trump were starting to favor him in large part because they have growing confidence in the economy and Trump’s handling of it. Notably millennials and independents have turned in his direction.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/trump-approval-at-51-winning-millennials-trusted-more-than-democrats-on-economy

These are same voters that the MSM tells us as late as last week that were leaning toward Bernie…..

But beyond all this……I want to ask these voters …..what economy?

Higher prices for consumer goods…low wages….inequality in income……loan debt…..where is the booming economy?  Or better yet….for whom is it booming?

Besides how can anyone be a supporter of a person that lies with ease…has more excuses than hairs on his head….(without toupee)…..he and his entourage are expanding and possibly started a war…….I do not understand……economy is not booming (The U.S. has the lowest median wealth (as a percentage of average wealth) in the developed world.) and society sucks….what is there to like about this booming economy?

Let’s Talk War

First before I go any further I need to be up-front…I am an antiwar person and have been for 50+ years…..I see NO need for war when most situations could be solved with diplomacy and negotiations.

With that all said…..Let’s Talk War!

Today’s world has the US in a stand-off with Iran……but let’s look the wars we have fought since the terrible day of 9/11….Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and a bunch of faceless engagements…..18 years and counting of war.

Since the attacks 0f 9/11 the US has spent trillions…that is trillion with a “T”…..on our countless wars……

The United States has spent nearly $6 trillion on wars that directly contributed to the deaths of around 500,000 people since the 9/11 attacks of 2001.

Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs published its annual “Costs of War” report Wednesday, taking into consideration the Pentagon’s spending andits Overseas Contingency Operations account, as well as “war-related spending by the Department of State, past and obligated spending for war veterans’ care, interest on the debt incurred to pay for the wars, and the prevention of and response to terrorism by the Department of Homeland Security.”

The final count revealed, “The United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $5.9 trillion (in current dollars) on the war on terror through Fiscal Year 2019, including direct war and war-related spending and obligations for future spending on post 9/11 war veterans.”

https://www.newsweek.com/us-spent-six-trillion-wars-killed-half-million-1215588

Think about that for a moment (oh Hell you will not consider that number at all, right?)…..

How much safer is the world from terrorism for all the money spent?

Who actually pays for war…YOU DO!  If you pay taxes then you are paying for all this destruction and death…..https://lobotero.com/2018/08/14/who-pays-for-war/

We are approaching yet another war and the same people that gave us Iraq in 2003 are leading the march to war…..how long will this continue?

How long will Americans continue to be naive and clueless about what these people are doing?  The very same people that lead the US into Iraq on a pack of lies……and the lies are beginning again.