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Highlights of Pentagon Plan to Close Bases:
"Overall, the proposed shift would cause a net loss of 29,005 military and civilian jobs, including positions lost from troop withdrawals overseas. A total of 218,570 military and civilian positions would be cut, while 189,565 positions would be added.
In general I think its a farce that we sit around and denounce socialism and the evils of state run economies when we use the military as a jobs program and welfare system for business here in the states. We play this game where we pretend that massive amounts of government spending to bolster the economy and redistribute wealth are just peachy as long its for "defense".
Dutifully, the talking heads on the nightly news will report on how fortunate the state of Oklahoma is to retain its bases. Politicians from states that are losing jobs will denounce the plan. Its all so damn predictible.
We're way beyond the point where we've got enough military strength to protect ourselves from the mostly third world threats we're facing. Our "goal" is to be capable of fighting two wars simultaneously. If anything, 9-11 should have been a poignant example of just how wasteful we've been spending money on programs that do nothing to protect us, and do nothing more than funnel wealth to home districts and political donors.
But as with anything that is entrenched its nearly impossible to dislodge its hold. Thus, the debate has been artfully redirected away from just how ineffective our military strategy was prior September 11th. Much of what we've done post 9-11 has been a vain attempt to show that brute military force can still be effective at detering theats.
Its been a tremendous success in the eyes of people selling the government weapons and hardware, but a dismal failure in actually targeting the real threats.
It cracks me up when I see politicians acting tough, vowing to send other people off to fight wars, as if it takes any courage at all to send others off to die. They get to look like an alpha male while the soldiers squat in foriegn lands wondering if they're going to get their heads blown to bits.
Nice, real tough guys we have running the country.
"umm... no, I'd rather not fight myself, that's what we have poor people for isn't it?"
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