Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Military Industrial Complex

Great speech by a president slowly becoming recognized as one of the greats. The only thing Ike missed on his commentary was adding the word Congressional into the mix when describing the engine of never ending war, a warning the Republicans, like Carly Fiorina, just don't seem to understand in any way shape or fashion.

In trying to sound like she actually knows something about national security policy there was not a single neocon shibboleth that she didn’t name check, nor any possibility for bolstering Washington’s military might she failed to mention:

Having met Vladimir Putin, I wouldn’t talk to him at all. We’ve talked way too much to him…….What I would do, immediately, is begin rebuilding the Sixth Fleet, I would begin rebuilding the missile defense program in Poland, I would conduct regular, aggressive military exercises in the Baltic states. I’d probably send a few thousand more troops into Germany. Vladimir Putin would get the message…..We could also, to Senator Rubio’s point, give the Egyptians what they’ve asked for……..We could give the Jordanians what they’ve asked for…bombs and materiel. We have not supplied it…We could arm the Kurds.

Read David Stockman's piece, interesting to say the least in terms of facts not mattering one bit when one panders to one's base with the vim and vigor of a Carly.

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