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mrJJ
如果你不投票,你不能抱怨
05:49 PM on 03/09/2013
Fatal flaws within the cockpit of the US military’s most expensive fighter jet ever are causing further problems with the Pentagon’s dubious F-35 program.

Just weeks after a fleet of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters was grounded for reasons unrelated, a new report from the Pentagon warns that any pilot that boards the pricey aircraft places himself in danger without even going into combat.

In a leaked memo from the Defense Department’s director of the Operational Test and Evaluation Directorate to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon official prefaces a report on the F-35 by cautioning that even training missions cannot be safely performed on board the aircraft at this time.

Pentagon: F-35 won't have a chance in real combat

Each F-35 fighter jet is valued at $238 million and, according to recent estimates, the entire operation will cost the country $1 trillion in order to keep the jets up and running through 2050.
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Rachel Flanagan
Don't Tread on Me
05:34 PM on 03/09/2013
I spent 33 years and 4 months in active service as a member of our country's most agile military force--the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I suspected I was part of a racket all the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service."

Smedley D. Butler (1881-1940)
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Czechster
Enough is enough
05:44 PM on 03/09/2013
Thanks for digging up the quote. His book "War Is A Racket" was an eye opener for me.
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Jeffrey P. Colin
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-p-colin/
05:52 PM on 03/09/2013
Bravo for your bravery for speaking your mind! It's time for our military members to understand what they are really serving. I would love to hear your story!
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forestlady
06:36 PM on 03/09/2013
It's actually a quote from a book by Gen. Smedley D. Butler called "War is a Racket". Every single American should read it; he also divulged that there was a plot to assassinate the president of the U.S. in 1933. I highly recommend the book, it's pretty short but EXTREMELY worthwhile, no matter what side of the political spectrum you are.
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05:29 PM on 03/09/2013
So this is news?
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papapj
..light as a feather..
06:50 PM on 03/09/2013
It should be out there...front and center, every day until things change...
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Czechster
Enough is enough
05:28 PM on 03/09/2013
When the day is out just a few will respond to this article. War is serious business in the United States and killing people is just what the United States does the best. Say what you want about the State Department but the truth is their main purpose is controlling the world’s economy. The MIC helps strong-arm nations in doing what the United States 1%ers deem necessary for that control.

War is a Racket.
mavpay
I am WE THE PEOPLE
07:18 PM on 03/09/2013
...And Terrorism Inc. is the business of war...
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Czechster
Enough is enough
10:23 PM on 03/09/2013
Okay let me know where Terrorism Inc. headquarters are located?  Oh I know next to the Boogeyman Inc, Santa Claus Inc. and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Inc.
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omnipitous
05:24 PM on 03/09/2013
The Defense Industrial Complex is simply a result of misapplication of resources. Its great to push Trillions of public money into defense projects. But some are unmeritorious according to the Pentagon. So who are we to believe? Big industry? Or our own Generals who tell us that they are not needed?
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anastasiabeaverhousen
Time wounds all heels
05:19 PM on 03/09/2013
Funny how over the years of this great country, "to the least of these" morphed into "to the richest among us". Actually, not funny at all.
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Lucho13
04:52 PM on 03/09/2013
Like Mr.JohninDallas stated , I doubt anyone in these "Neo Cons "and their War Machine Factories , shareholders,has a son or daughter in any active armed force.

In the 1960 's families of their drafted sons and many others particated in massive "anti-war protest marches" ...

Today in post 911 anti terrorist wars......only a small "fraction of 1%" of our nation families have any sons or daughters in uniform . .. .

theres no anti-war protest marches any more ??

There's another War cooking up ....
mavpay
I am WE THE PEOPLE
07:28 PM on 03/09/2013
There are anti-war protests and many of those protesters are vets. Most protests that aren't staged on behalf of corporate interests aren't covered by corporate media unless the coverage is designed to mischaracterize the dissenters. WATCH: democracynow.org
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Lucho13
10:38 PM on 03/09/2013
thanks I'll click that site....
 
 
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orcinous
Close Guantanamo, pass a jobs bill, end the drones
04:52 PM on 03/09/2013
A simple fix to the problem, turn the war machine into an environment machine. Any environmental problem could be fixed by those that are making weapons, no need to lay off anybody and profits could still be as high. The climate problem could be fixed in a few years.
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Kris Rosvold
REAL repub. (aka OLD school progressive)
07:18 PM on 03/09/2013
Actually the profits can not be kept as high as they are now. If we don't get these corporations under control (and OUT of OUR government) we ARE going to have a Marie Antoinette "moment". It is not a question of IF, it is only a question of When and How Bad will it be...
http://billmoyers.com/2013/03/06/income-inequality-goes-viral/
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-in-america-chart-graph
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DaBUU
Macro-bio won't fit...
04:48 PM on 03/09/2013
I love how much they spend on weapons to protect our country, but let the citizens die in the streets of hunger and illness. That should tell you all you need to know about this country we live in.
mavpay
I am WE THE PEOPLE
07:34 PM on 03/09/2013
The money isn't being spent to protect our country. It's being spent to seize and to protect profitable resources and interests. Terrorism Inc. is a business.

READ: "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq"
by Stephen Kinzer
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DaBUU
Macro-bio won't fit...
09:50 PM on 03/09/2013
I was being sarcastic, i realize that's the B.S. they spew. If they meant it, they'd take care of the citizens and put their country before their greed.
fredgladys
Your Micro-bio is empty, I know, stop nagging.
04:47 PM on 03/09/2013
If you want to make heaps of money the plan is, get rid of all those superfluous ethics and become a lobbyist for one of these companies.
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Jay Daterman
Dump The Teapot
04:45 PM on 03/09/2013
These companies sell many weapons to other countries so that when it suits the MIC and foreign policy establishment those nations will suddenly become "enemies" and the companies can sell more to us in order to fight those to whom it had been selling. Nice money making stunt.

We do not need a Pentagon budget over twice as large as in 2000.
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jwonboca
Do No Harm
04:33 PM on 03/09/2013
general defense spending = $712 billion annually

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost the US $3.7 trillion according to research from the Watson Institute at Brown University.

Yet we choose to starve the poor, elderly and unemployed..... The American way.
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pmoschetta
Where are the Jobs, Speaker Boehner?
04:44 PM on 03/09/2013
I wonder which of these ten give the most to Graham's and McCain's campaigns
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JohnInDallas
John R. Selig - Writer, Photographer & Podcaster
04:01 PM on 03/09/2013
One cannot help wishing that top management and stockholders of all of these companies have kids on the front lines where their products are being used. One can only postulate that in reality they don't.