So keeping with my attempts to be an FYI blog I offer this info on the Pentagon budget…..if you care where your tax dollars go then you might want to read this carefully and decide if it is money well spent.
This will give my reader an idea of just how much money is being spent under the guise of defense and where these dollars will go.
Now that I have your attention let us look at how the media plays into to censorship of information around our War Department and our lust for war…..
If I have peaked your interest then by all means read on…..
On January 17, 1961, outgoing President and former Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower gave one of the most consequential speeches in American history. Eisenhower for eight years had been a popular president, whose appeal drew upon a reputation as a person of great personal fortitude, who’d guided the United States to victory in an existential fight for survival in World War II. Nonetheless, as he prepared to vacate the Oval Office for handsome young John F. Kennedy, he warned the country it was now at the mercy of a power even he could not overcome.
Until World War II, America had no permanent arms manufacturing industry. Now it did, and this new sector, Eisenhower said, was building up around itself a cultural, financial, and political support system accruing enormous power. This “conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience,” he said, adding:
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… 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.
This was the direst of warnings, but the address has tended in the popular press to be ignored. After sixty-plus years, most of America – including most of the American left, which traditionally focused the most on this issue – has lost its fear that our arms industry might conquer democracy from within.
Keep an eye on the news….there may be a request for even more cash for Ukraine by mid-Summer….
The last massive aid package Congress authorized for Ukraine has about $6 billion left, which is expected to be used up by mid-summer, POLITICO reported Monday.
So far, the US has authorized about $113 billion in spending on the war in Ukraine, which includes military aid, direct budgetary aid, training, funding for US troop deployments in Eastern Europe, and other types of assistance.
Once the final $6 billion dries up, the Pentagon won’t be able to ship more weapons to Ukraine. That means the White House is expected to ask Congress to authorize more spending on the war soon.
A senior Biden administration official told POLITICO that the White House is discussing a new package and is going to time it so the weapons can keep flowing to Ukraine. The official said the administration is “fully committed” to supporting Kyiv in the war “for the long haul.”
The POLITICO report said that massive aid packages for Ukraine might not be as easy to ram through Congress as they were before, citing the debate over the debt ceiling and dissent from a small but significant group of Republicans. But the majority of Republicans support arming Ukraine, including GOP leadership, who have been critical of President Biden for not sending longer-range weapons and fighter jets.
“Although there are dissenting voices, the large majority of certainly Republicans — for sure in the Senate and arguably in the House as well — believe strongly that we need Ukraine to win and that the outcome there is something that matters not only to that region, but to the United States and our national security interests,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
On the Democrat side, there is virtually no opposition to arming Ukraine. While there’s still strong support in Congress for arming Ukraine, hawks in Washington are concerned it could decline if Ukraine’s long-awaited counteroffensive fails.
For god sake please pull your head out of the proverbial sand pile….or better yet out of your ass.
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If I am not sorely mistaken — and I am rarely ever mistaken because I am a legend in my own mind ..lol …most failed societies fail because their demise begins with destructive elements boring from within …an old communist tactic for conquest — boring from within …creating a new normal that accepts the invasive malignancy as the only cure for societal problems … a Trump trope — I alone can fix things …and it is a favorite weapon of the Republicans who have not idea at all of what a democracy is … and that includes most or all of them as far as I am concerned … the greatest danger to The United States today is the Republican Party.
GOP is going to ruin this country for the future. chuq
When the government is in trouble, they always threaten Social Security and Veterans. I don’t suppose Congress’ payroll is in danger? Foreign aid?
The Dems like to thro good money after bad to solve any problem and now they’re surprised that it’s gone?
THe GOP would rather take money than help pay the bills with policies. chuq
Nicely done, chuq. At least your government spending is more accessible than ours. We get a ‘need to know’ response, or a flat denial.
Best wishes, Pete.
THanx Pete….It takes research but I can find many things that elude the MSM…..chuq