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Dealers in death and destruction

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  • Democrat
    Julian, CA
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    The U.S. Government is going to give that war criminal ruling Israel a ten year arms deal worth 10's of billions at American tax payers expense without requiring that Israel must establish a Palestinian State.

    The U.S. Government is also giving the Saudis more billions in arms while the Saudis are saber-rattling against Iran.

    The U.S. Military is demanding 50% more in funds to protect us from Russia.

    The last things those regions of the planet needs is more military weapons. So why is the U.S. Government continuing to deal in weapons of death and destruction?! The reason is simple; the greed of America's Military Industrial Complex.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Progressive Connie -- Yes, you are right of course. Selling military arms is a big business. More wars...more war profits for those dealing in military equipment. It's been that way a long time. We're making the world safe for democracy, as Woodrow Wilson said in his speech to Congress in 1917.

    Making the World “Safe for Democracy”: Woodrow Wilson Asks for War

    Similar words have been repeated again and again. It's patriotic you know.

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    It was the "last honorable and honest Republican" who warned America, in his "farewell" speech, about the dangers of the "Military Industrial Complex". He recognized how its growth would damage our whole economy, & skew the ways our money would be spent, --- pursuing war, weapons of mass destruction, building more military battleships & bombers and missiles, & developing more dangerous arsenals of Atomic & Hydrogen bombs. It made us a strong powerful nation, in the eyes of most of the world, but to many others, it made us a hated enemy, & a number one Target.

    The last honorable & honest Republican, was -- (General) Dwight David Eisenhower, who was President of the United States in the 1950's ---- and he recognized (and told) the Truth. I am sure you can find that speech on "youtube". But because he told the Truth, about the dangers of power and greed, --- & the lure of warfare, as almost a romantic adventure, to show off their strength & bravery in battle, & win the romance of any susceptible female within radar range. People romanticized war & conquest & victory, while minimalizing the true cost in bloodshed & devastation. Eisenhower saw the accumulation of these attitudes, & foresaw what it would lead to. The Military Industrial Complex would become a gigantic Industry, & it would feed on itself, growing endlessly larger. Any big industry that glorified WAR, would NOT be interested in PEACE.

    People would quickly forget the Judeo-Christian ideals of Peace and Love and Charity. They would forget what a Great and Wonderful thing it would be if the United States could LEAD in PEACE-KEEPING (via -- The United Nations) -- & by that ideal, we could put an end to War.

    Quickly, the GOP corporate Greed, had already grasped what an immense "gold mine" they would have, if they could harness the weapons supply chain, the jeeps & tanks mfrg outlets, the bomber factories, providers of uniforms, makers of bullets and hand grenades. Endless factories working 24/7 to supply endless troops, marching along in unison, forever.

    ---- So President Eisenhower ("I Like IKE" was his campaign button), gave his very important "farewell" speech at the end of his presidency. He TOLD THE TRUTH. And the RESULT of THAT ONE IDEALISTIC GIFT (the speech) that HE GAVE TO US ALL --- well, you won't believe it. ----- (I'll be back SOON).

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    progressiveconnie Wrote:

    The U.S. Government is going to give that war criminal ruling Israel a ten year arms deal worth 10's of billions at American tax payers expense without requiring that Israel must establish a Palestinian State.

    The U.S. Government is also giving the Saudis more billions in arms while the Saudis are saber-rattling against Iran.

    The U.S. Military is demanding 50% more in funds to protect us from Russia.

    The last things those regions of the planet needs is more military weapons. So why is the U.S. Government continuing to deal in weapons of death and destruction?! The reason is simple; the greed of America's Military Industrial Complex.

    Yes Connie; that is how it is; this whole society loves the military and the killing movies; so how are you going to change that? It is all "god's" will as well it keeps us safe and in "god" we trust. We are the "holy" nation, don't forget that. Jesus will help us sell all these weapons.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    I blame the massive impact of lobbyist in DC. Money keeps everything moving. Often moving in the wrong direction but moving. Greed and money have no place in govt. but it won't ever go away.
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    Sorry it took so long to get back. Talking about (General & President) Dwight Eisenhower (in the 1950's) -- who helped us win World War II -- against Japan & the Nazi's. He was considered a Hero, & was elected President, as a Republican. But it did not take long for the Birch Society to "decide" that he was actually a 'covert' Communist. The JBS leader (Robt Welch) wrote a book "smearing" Eisenhower, & fairly soon, this became gossip enough to appear in "LIFE" Magazine. That issue of LIFE ( ** ** ) showed budding author Claire Conner, in their family living room. Her father was on the Nat'l Council of the John Birch Society, & Claire herself became a member at age 12. (suppertime, be right back). : )
  • Independent
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    Yes, the jbs didn't like Ike which is surprising as he was active in pushing the Christian nation agenda and overthrowing mossadegh which continues to have repercussions decades later.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    lonely bird Wrote: Yes, the jbs didn't like Ike which is surprising as he was active in pushing the Christian nation agenda and overthrowing mossadegh which continues to have repercussions decades later.

    The latest related to our disasterous foreign policies. right now they have escalated our wars to include Lybia; they just bombed an "rebel" camp in Lybia with F15's. How many more countries are we bombing now? Last count is ; Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Mali, Lybia, Somalia, etc. If we continue this trend then we have to spent another trillion to keep this going.

    Congratulation America; it looks like we follow the "military" path of Hitler/ Napoleon/Rome around the world. We know how that all ended.

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    It is just horrible. War is never a good answer for anything. If we are bankrupt, (which I believe we are) then we cannot afford to go around the world spreading our wealth, to be used for death and destruction. It is stupid and suicidal. Also, all it does is make new "enemies" for us to fight. (As if we did not already have enough). The only people that profit from War is the usual suspects. (The GOP) who have heavily invested in weapons of War, for several generations). It is very odd how they never met a War they didn't like. (Mostly because none of THEM ever have to fight in one). They just buy up all the OIL wells in the vicinity, & then sit & watch the old bank accts climb higher & higher. EZ Money. Time for US to cash in instead!