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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Yes, do not disturb the MIC by actually using diplomacy.

  2. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    MIC = Military Industrial Complex. For those who haven’t been paying attention (and I assure you, Putin & Assad pay attention):

  3. Becca

    Becca said, about 1 year ago

    Too late; we’re already disturbed. What the US governent needs is intensive therapy.

  4. drkala

    drkala said, about 1 year ago

    And we seem to have forgotten that what pulled down the USSR was that defense spending was so high that domestic needs went unmet. That and a long pointless war in Afghanistan.

  5. Darren Blair

    Darren Blair said, about 1 year ago

    @drkala

    You’re forgetting the fact that Soviet-Style Communism was horribly inefficient to begin with, leading to severe flaws within the nation’s infrastructure and an increasingly disgruntled populace.
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    The USSR could pull off various fantastic feats if it made Manhattan Projects out of them, but life for the day-to-day citizen living in an Eastern Bloc nation wasn’t exactly sunshine and roses.
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    What’s more, it is my understanding that military forces from the Satellite States took far higher casualties percentage-wise than the actual Russian forces in Afghanistan, fanning the already-existing flames of discontent.
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    And don’t forget the rather embarrassing military performance of the early model HIND helicopters (which could slice their own tails off due to a series of oversights and defects) and BMP-1 IFVs (which were designed in such a fashion that just about everyone on board was guaranteed to die messily) in Afghanistan, which increased the Soviet death toll dramatically.

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    @Uncle Joe

    Thank you Uncle Joe, but I don’t know that school’s even teach Pres. Eisenhower’s warning conveyed in his farewell address. A recent discussion on those comments said his draft of that speech included the word, Congressional along with Military and Industrial.
    With nearly 50% of retiring politicians taking their many “retirement” benefits to new jobs as lobbyists, consultants, et al to companies who donated over the years to keep them employed, it is clear Ike was right to give us such warnings and we have failed our nation and ourselves by setting his warnings, along with those of Geo Washington and other founders, aside in favor of an “ends justify means” system of governing.
    Benjamin Franklin was asked if we had a Republic or a monarchy and he said without hesitation, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
    http://www.ourrepubliconline.com/author/21
    I suggest to you, my neighbors, that if continue to allow the cannibalistic legislature in DC, as well as their smaller but equally divisive counterparts in the statehouses, to divide us and keep us from civil and respectful discourse on those issues upon which we can agree, we will lose our precious Republic, but not to a monarchy.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  7. mskemple

    mskemple said, about 1 year ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    Basically I agree with your post. It is time we worried more about what is inside our borders and less on what is outside our borders. As with a lot of people lately I have been watching and reading more news and researching more recent history. Sadly it seems since WW2 our lawmakers have been taking ever wider liberties with our laws and constitution. Since and including the Korean war it seems not one of our military campaigns has been voted on by congress before action was taken. our constitution requires a congressional vote , the war powers act of 1973 was enacted by congress after being vetoed by Nixon. It gives the president the power to use military force for up to 90 days before congress must vote. But the rules for use of the WPA seem to be broadening and no one has ever challenged it’s validity or use. My point is we as a voting public our steadily losing our influence and power to govern ourselves. The tea party as an example was began as a grassroots movement directed at reducing the size and power of the federal government. A few years later and it is useless to conservatives , hated and ridiculed by liberals and targeted by what should be an impartial govt agency. We seem to have forgotten that the brave souls who turned this tobacco patch into a nation met with similar obstacles in the beginning. America is at a turning point , the question is do we as voters/citizens Take the wheel or do we allow our “elected officials and lobbyists” to continue down this road to nowhere? Call or write your representatives!

  8. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, about 1 year ago

    @Debt Free

    Do you realize that nothing you say makes any sense?

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Joe: I suspect you’re aware as well that the ACTUAL budget is roughly TWICE what your graph shows, and that additional “black box” budget component goes directly to the MIC for “R & D”, and buying more junk, even in prototype stage, that does NOT WORK!!


    Only about 20% of the budget goes to personnel.

  10. Becca

    Becca said, about 1 year ago

    @Debt Free

    @MStevenson58 – I’ve been through therapy. T’ain’t my psycosis, but I and my fellow Americans have to deal with it. They’re just not ready to see the truth.

  11. Becca

    Becca said, about 1 year ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    The system itself is broken, and all the politicians are on the take from their corporate masters. Doesn’t matter if you vote Dem or Rep, Left or Right: they’re just two doors into the same room. We have to build a different room.

  12. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    ^ You are correct.

  13. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    I suspect you’re aware as well that the ACTUAL budget is roughly TWICE what your graph shows

    Yes, this chart doesn’t show a lot of our spending, but the numbers for China & Russia are the DoD’s estimates, not their official numbers. Stevenson may not have figured out how to use Google yet.

  14. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @onguard

    The Real Story of US defense spending. .

    Yes, Obama wants to reduce military spending as a portion of GDP. Ironically, the GOP did just that with the sequester.

    Meanwhile, many of the same people who say we are too broke to spend money at home, declare we must restore the funding, because “the military has to eat.”

    You’ve neatly managed to avoid actually taking a position yourself. ;^)

  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @ansonia

    Toppling the Taliban regime & scattering the Al Qaeda training camps was a good idea. Did you know we pulled that off with only 1,000 ‘boots on the ground’?

    The occupation was a foolish mistake. Putting Karzai in power was Bush’s idea. There were far better choices out there, but they weren’t deemed sufficiently compliant to American interests. That all happened before Obama came to office. He inherited the bungle.

    Sadly, Obama believed Petraeus when he said we could stabilize the situation & went along with the generals’ surge. I wasn’t happy about that & I’m glad he finally came to his senses.

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