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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

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

  2. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months 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, 12 months ago

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

  4. drkala

    drkala said, 12 months 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, 12 months 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. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    @Becca

    As I’ve written before, find a candidate you like and can support and then work to get them a win in the primary and then work to get them elected. This way you can clean your house (all incumbents not just the HoR) and still a have a candidate of your political persuasion. As it is if we vote all the “INs” out then all of the republicans will have to vote for a Democrat, and we know from current experience/performance that won’t happen. Likewise all of the Democrats would have to vote for a Republican and that isn’t likely to happen either. Unless of course your current Congress-critter is of the wrong party like mine are, then your dream would be to get the “INs” out anyway. But as to your comment specifically – AGREED!

  7. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    @me9970

    EDUCATE yourself. Read up on the rest of the world during the st. ronnie years. Drop the faux “news” propaganda and actually do some research on the topic. If you pull info from several sources you may read much of the same major points but you will also probably get different information “around the fringes” and that is where the real truth is at. The rest is what they want you to know, the fringes are subtleties.

  8. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    @Debt Free

    “Especially if you spew it?”
    So if facts are presented to you that you do not like you can dismiss them because the messenger isn’t approved by you? You do realize that you are admitting to a complete and total lack of credibility don’t you? Well except of course with your ilk. I’m sorry for you that the truth hurts.

    It has long been established that the United States spends far more on its military than any other nation. And you have the audacity to say it’s because the “military has to eat?” Food and personnel period is a small potion of that expense. But you are right, we waste so much of our national treasure on our military because we are playing the world’s cop, we are protecting all these other countries. Well ENOUGH I say. Set a deadline, say 5 years, and all these other countries can either buck up their militaries and spend their own tax dollars on their own defense or they can be invaded by other countries who did. IT is time the Unites States started spending tax dollars building and rebuilding our own country and defending what is our, not theirs.

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 12 months 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.

  10. mskemple

    mskemple said, 12 months 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!

  11. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, 12 months ago

    @Debt Free

    Do you realize that nothing you say makes any sense?

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months 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.

  13. Becca

    Becca said, 11 months 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.

  14. Becca

    Becca said, 11 months 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.

  15. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    ^ You are correct.

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