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Military Industrial Complex: The Never Ending Racket


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Amid the distractions of the holiday season, the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration is considering a Pentagon proposal to create a “new” and “enduring” system of military bases around the Middle East.  Though this is being presented as a response to the rise of the Islamic State and other militant groups, there’s remarkably little that’s new about the Pentagon plan. For more than 36 years, the U.S. military has been building an unprecedented constellation of bases that stretches from Southern Europe and the Middle East to Africa and Southwest Asia.

 

The record of these bases is disastrous. They have cost tens of billions of dollars and provided support for a long list of undemocratic host regimes, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and Djibouti. They have enabled a series of U.S. wars and military interventions, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which have helped make the Greater Middle East a cauldron of sectarian-tinged power struggles, failed states, and humanitarian catastrophe. And the bases have fueled radicalism, anti-Americanism, and the growth of the very terrorist organizations now targeted by the supposedly new strategy.

 

If there is much of anything new about the plan, it’s the public acknowledgement of what some have long suspected: despite years of denials about the existence of any “permanent bases” in the Greater Middle East or desire for the same, the military intends to maintain a collection of bases in the region for decades, if not generations, to come.

 

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/doubling_down_on_a_failed_strategy_the_pentagons_dangerous_20160115

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Amid the distractions of the holiday season, the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration is considering a Pentagon proposal to create a “new” and “enduring” system of military bases around the Middle East.  Though this is being presented as a response to the rise of the Islamic State and other militant groups, there’s remarkably little that’s new about the Pentagon plan. For more than 36 years, the U.S. military has been building an unprecedented constellation of bases that stretches from Southern Europe and the Middle East to Africa and Southwest Asia.

 

The record of these bases is disastrous. They have cost tens of billions of dollars and provided support for a long list of undemocratic host regimes, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and Djibouti. They have enabled a series of U.S. wars and military interventions, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which have helped make the Greater Middle East a cauldron of sectarian-tinged power struggles, failed states, and humanitarian catastrophe. And the bases have fueled radicalism, anti-Americanism, and the growth of the very terrorist organizations now targeted by the supposedly new strategy.

 

If there is much of anything new about the plan, it’s the public acknowledgement of what some have long suspected: despite years of denials about the existence of any “permanent bases” in the Greater Middle East or desire for the same, the military intends to maintain a collection of bases in the region for decades, if not generations, to come.

 

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/doubling_down_on_a_failed_strategy_the_pentagons_dangerous_20160115

 

You're just finding this out (military industrial complex)?  Old news but your post is correct.

 

Footnote: Part of a bigger evil.

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C'MON, Blue......

 

You know these guys have to find some sly way of perpetuating the problem and thereby justifying their jobs, don'tcha?

 

Long periods of U.S. corporate and military presence helped cause a lot of the problems, after all.  I seem to recall...

 

A couple of years before the '79 Iranian siezure of the U.S. embassy, and the taking of the hostages, General Motors put in a new assembly plant for the Cadillac Seville  to supply the vehicles for the Shah's buddies and other UAE pals.  After the embassy siezure and when the hostages were taken, there was a GLUT of returned parts to the Clark St. main Cadillac plant in which I was working at the time.  The belief was that NObody working the Iran plant was an Iranian.  All the workers came from either transferred U.S. labor force, or other outside entities.  It's hard to exploit some people for decades and NOT ruffle a few feathers.  Like my DAD said now and then....

 

"Don't [...] in the stew and complain about the taste!"

 

 

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Amid the distractions of the holiday season, the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration is considering a Pentagon proposal to create a “new” and “enduring” system of military bases around the Middle East. 

 

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/doubling_down_on_a_failed_strategy_the_pentagons_dangerous_20160115

 

If Bush was still President this would be all over the Nightly News and CNN/ MSNBC. Obama gets away with everything.

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If Bush was still President this would be all over the Nightly News and CNN/ MSNBC. Obama gets away with everything.

 

I doubt it.  Depends on the what the people who control the government want you to know.

The homeland detention centers on military bases built by Dick Chaney's Haliburton after 9/11 weren't highly publicized either.

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Absolutely nothing new here.  Pres. Eisenhower warned about this when he was President.  The US military always wants more bases.  Just as they want more and bigger ships.   It equals more generals/admirals and their huge staffs of senior officers and NCO's.

And of course more civilian employees and contractors to build and operate the bases.

The only thing that has kept US out is that the Middle Eastern governments know what a problem it is politically to have US military bases and personnel in country.

I still remember the situations in Saudia Arabia when I was there for Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Also remember how the US military always develops an attitude of:  If I'm here, you people can do what I want and learn to live like Americans.  Don't tell my females how to dress, where they can go dressed as they please, etc.  Don't tell me how to behave.

Besides we already essentially have permanent bases in the Middle East.

The Ugly American was not really a work of fiction.

 

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Obama has only been to the Pentagon 7 times in 7 years, but has played golf 248 times. No wonder foreign policy is a disaster, it shows his priorities.

 

The President never needs to step foot in the Pentagon. That's not his job. That's why he has a Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Obama has only been to the Pentagon 7 times in 7 years, but has played golf 248 times. No wonder foreign policy is a disaster, it shows his priorities.

 

I can just see it "Obama Golf", works on XP to Windows 10.  Main rule of the game,   break many of the Pentagon's windows next door as possible 

 

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Obama has only been to the Pentagon 7 times in 7 years, but has played golf 248 times. No wonder foreign policy is a disaster, it shows his priorities.

Foreign policy has been far more successful under Obama than it was under Bush.

Regardless, the President doesn't go to the Pentagon, the Pentagon comes to him.  That's why the situation room is in the White House.

Not to mention, that both Reagan and GW Bush spent far more time away from Washington on vacation than Obama. 

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Not to mention, that both Reagan and GW Bush spent far more time away from Washington on vacation than Obama. 

are you kidding? obama is vacation-happy.

 

this is the problem. the obama doctrine is all about disproving the foreign policy rationale of the 20th century. that's why the kid gloves with iran, syria and russia. with obama it's all about proving that diplomacy can work without any threat of a military deterrence.

 

the very flower of progressivism.

 

the problem is more often than not it doan work in the real world. guys like obama put an awfully high price on proving out their progressive ideals...at OUR jeopardy.

 

it is therefore no small coincidence that people like obama and hillary clinton will become unduly contrite whenever asked (which isn't too often with the msm) about policies that could lead to the imperilment of u.s. citizenry.

THEY would gamble and most republicans believe that will always be a bad gamble that should never be taken...certainly by no one who takes his or her presidential oath of office seriously.

 

the gop understands that and the dems doan wanna.

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are you kidding? obama is vacation-happy.

 

this is the problem. the obama doctrine is all about disproving the foreign policy rationale of the 20th century. that's why the kid gloves with iran, syria and russia. with obama it's all about proving that diplomacy can work without any threat of a military deterrence.

 

the very flower of progressivism.

 

the problem is more often than not it doan work in the real world. guys like obama put an awfully high price on proving out their progressive ideals...at OUR jeopardy.

 

it is therefore no small coincidence that people like obama and hillary clinton will become unduly contrite whenever asked (which isn't too often with the msm) about policies that could lead to the imperilment of u.s. citizenry.

THEY would gamble and most republicans believe that will always be a bad gamble that should never be taken...certainly by no one who takes his or her presidential oath of office seriously.

 

the gop understands that and the dems doan wanna.

 

This seems like the talk of a very frightened individual to me.   I suppose they've got you just where they want you.

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U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Iran After Prisoner Exchange

WASHINGTON — Less than 24 hours after lifting sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program, the Obama administration announced Sunday that it was imposing new sanctions on Iran for violating United Nations resolutions against ballistic missile tests.

 

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Is this the wonderful foreign policy that is suppose to be better than that of Reagan and Bush? Obama is talking like they saved the world and on the same day imposes new sanctions because they already broke the agreement. Chinese fire drills go better than his foreign policy.

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U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Iran After Prisoner Exchange

WASHINGTON — Less than 24 hours after lifting sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program, the Obama administration announced Sunday that it was imposing new sanctions on Iran for violating United Nations resolutions against ballistic missile tests.

 

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Is this the wonderful foreign policy that is suppose to be better than that of Reagan and Bush? Obama is talking like they saved the world and on the same day imposes new sanctions because they already broke the agreement. Chinese fire drills go better than his foreign policy.

Wrong interpretation of events!  The nuclear deal and the no ballistic missle launching are two entirely separate issues.  You try to combine them into one while acknowledging they are separate.

Too many people think there was one agreement between Iran and the rest of the world (not just US) that covers everything.  There wasn't.  The sanctions against no missle testing are totally separate from those for nuclear weapons.  That's why the US could impose sanctions.

Interesting that the Goppers have criticized Obama because 10 sailors who illegaly entered Iranian territorial waters were held.  But none of them acknowledged that within 24 hours, both they and their US Navy vessels were released.

After months of attacking Obama for not getting the American prisoners in Iran released, no Goppers are giving him credit for actually getting them out.  In fact Cruz implied that he should have let the prisoners stay in Iran if it involved a prisoner exchange.  Incidentally, the Iranians who were released and those whose warrants were dropped were involved in trying to evade the financial sanctions, NOT in terrorism.

Amazing the way the Goppers, especially the extremist wing, attack Obama for everything he does whether a success or not.

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Wrong interpretation of events!  The nuclear deal and the no ballistic missle launching are two entirely separate issues.  You try to combine them into one while acknowledging they are separate.

Too many people think there was one agreement between Iran and the rest of the world (not just US) that covers everything.  There wasn't.  The sanctions against no missle testing are totally separate from those for nuclear weapons.  That's why the US could impose sanctions.

Interesting that the Goppers have criticized Obama because 10 sailors who illegaly entered Iranian territorial waters were held.  But none of them acknowledged that within 24 hours, both they and their US Navy vessels were released.

After months of attacking Obama for not getting the American prisoners in Iran released, no Goppers are giving him credit for actually getting them out.  In fact Cruz implied that he should have let the prisoners stay in Iran if it involved a prisoner exchange.  Incidentally, the Iranians who were released and those whose warrants were dropped were involved in trying to evade the financial sanctions, NOT in terrorism.

Amazing the way the Goppers, especially the extremist wing, attack Obama for everything he does whether a success or%

 

They're just demonstrating what valuable employees they'll make for Fox News after they've failed to become President.

 

Distortion, disinformation and downright deceitfulness - these are the attributes of which one must be adept to work for the right-wing wacko network.

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