Yep. That’s what’s best. (For the big businesses that sell war materiel). And who can gainsay THAT??
War is the greatest place to make money every time they used your product they have to buy more. There is no warranty, when what you make is supposed to blow up.
The house of death merchants always wins. Back in the 1920s-30s it was the trend to blame munitions manufacturers for either stating WWI or at least maintaining it. That was arguable back then, for today’s US neocolonial wars it isn’t now.
Raytheon and others who have sizable military contracts are not the only ones getting a windfall from the situation in the Ukraine. Big oil is getting its slice of the pie too:
Not only are the fossil fuel conglomerates able to manipulate supply chains to maximize profits but they will also use the situation as a means to use fear as a way to persuade governments to back off of eliminating fossil fuels, put off green initiatives and could even invest in more exploration and development in environmentally sensitive areas and thus maintain the status quo of turning hydrocarbons into coin while at the same time keep greenhouse gas emissions at record highs and quicken the disastrous changes caused by global warming.
What would The Previous Guy have done? Probably sent his buddy Vladimir a big basket of fruit and vodka with a ribbon written with “Congratulations! (“Now, how about my Tower in Moscow?”) (“Need a real-estate developer? You have my number.”
I’d love to see this end russia. But there are agreements between russia and NATO (which only NATO conforms to, of course) about direct involvement. Supplying/firing missiles is cool, a dogfight is not. I know, dumb.
My worry is, have you ever seen a cornered animal? He’ll fight for his life with everything he’s got. And putin (the repubs pal going back at least to W, who called him putie-poot) has nukes. russia already has a lower threshold for using them, and putin now has a tiny circle of advisors who are all KGB or other sycophants.
Great cartoon, Ted! I love the skyline view from the boardroom.
Nothing about the atrocities the Russians are committing on an hourly basis. Next thing you know Comrade Ted will tell us that the Ukrainians are at fault for living on land that Vlad wants for his new Russian Empire.
And that is the policy that defeated the Soviet Union.
Same as it ever was. Saving the world for capitalism, no matter what.
Putin started the war. Why not use a cartoon to attack him? He’s the one ordering the killing of innocent women and children. No one is an angel in this conflict. But Putin is definitely the devil. I agree that the U.S. government spends way too much on weapons, even ones that the military didn’t ask for, but some Congressperson or Senator wants it for the industry in their state. We need to spend more on education, health care, infrastructure, etc.
THAT.. is the sad part, wars make lots of money for some. Currently everyone is upset over the price of gas at the pump.. while forgetting the amount they pay daily in taxes that go towards the armament industry.
Or try Trump’s approach: send them nothing until they agree to smear Clinton, Biden, et Al….
Musk Challenges Putin To ‘Single Combat’ Over Ukraine—Russian Official Calls Him A ‘Little Devil’
“I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat” and the “stakes are Ukraine,” Musk said in a Twitter post Monday morning, using the Russian alphabet to write Putin’s name while writing Ukraine in the country’s own language.
In a follow-up message in Russian, Musk tagged the Kremlin’s official Twitter account and asked, “Do you agree to this fight?”
Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Russia’s space program Roscosmos, replied to Musk with a verse from Alexander Pushkin’s “The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda.”
“You, little devil, are still young,” Rogozin said, quoting Pushkin’s folk story and adding, “You are weak to compete with me, it would only be a waste of time. Overtake my brother first.”
Musk, for his part, reiterated that he is “absolutely serious” about the offer, and when asked if he would be surprised if Putin accepted the challenge, Musk insisted it “would be an honor.”
Great cartoon today, Ted! You’ll find enthusiastic advocates of endless war and fortunes to be made from war among those in government, international organizations such as NATO, industry, and the munitions industry.
Thanks for that, Ted. You’re one of the few people that understands what REALLY goes on.
The real money costs for these 10,000’s of Javelin & Stingers is staggering. The upside is a $100,000 missile takes out a multi-million-dollar Tank/Helo/Aircraft hopefully Biden will enact the War Powers Act to churn out enough to smoke every piece of Russian Armor in Ukraine. How to tame a bear with meatballs works as long as you never run out of meatballs.
The “Defense” contractors always make out. I have never understood why the British, then the American bomber groups failed to level Essen right from the start! The Americans did start going after the aircraft factories and others, but Essen, home to Krupp, was a huge hotbed manufacturing the Tiger 1 tank (and others) , the dreaded “88”, the machine guns, artillery, prefab Uboat sections, ammunition, trucks, locomotives…… The area was so big the bombadiers would not have even needed the Nordon bombsights. Essen should have ceased to exist no later than Summer 1942!
Ah good old Ted Rall. He’s like Socrate’s personal daemon; never missing an opportunity to tell us when we’re being wicked and hypocritical while being mum on just what it is to be “good” in this modern age. I suppose it shows he cares more about our personal growth than that of others.
Ucranians are like lab rats, that’s all, the arms/death business is the oldest business in the world.
there is that, Stingers do go a long way to creating that no fly zone.
October 01, 2016