Informed Comment: Polk: Waiting for the Obama We Elected: AfPak Wars, Permanent Detainees, and Dennis Ross

Informed Comment: Polk: Waiting for the Obama We Elected: AfPak Wars, Permanent Detainees, and Dennis Ross

“The Pentagon budget is not only enormous but contains a number of potential scandals. . . Our overseas bases now cost us over $100 billion yearly. Since the DOD sops up over half of the disposable resources of the government, Obama must get control of it. His task will be difficult because the DOD and what President Eisenhower called the “military industrial complex” have cleverly portioned out the work and procurement on the program to virtually every congressional district.”

Perhaps the recent hoopla over the F22 and a re-evaluation of major Pentagon defense projects is a mere facade for Obama’s tackling of the military-industrial complex. The case for re-organizing defense priorities w/ the F22 can hardly be made as we’re building 187 of the aircraft already… but guess who benefits? The Defense Industry Establishment.

“It is patently absurd to suggest that an Israeli attack (made with our weapons and implicit approval) is not our business; indeed, regardless of our weapons and our approval, the long-term consequences for our economy, our position in the world, and our exposure to terrorism would be almost impossible to exaggerate.”

Hmmm…. wonder who builds those weapons?

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