Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:37 PM
UTUSN (44,023 posts)
The PETRAEUS twist on "War is a racket." Never should have been in Iraq; should been out Afg FAST
Soon after the Iraq attack took hold suddenly there were reports of missing millions and contracts with private "security" companies, mercernaries, then cute music videos of military personnel dancing in general foolishness, and all of it was swallowed under the guise of "patriotism" and blowing off steam for all the sacrifices.
Now that PETRAEUS has knocked himself off his pedestal, reports of how he was the perpetrator of the WMD mobile trailers stories have surfaced, barely, and not enough about what else his supposed "brilliance" and "genius" fueled the chickenhawks' voraciousness. Besides Abu Grahib and the several war crimes by others, his now questionable judgment has illustrated what has always been a serious defect in how the military works, an organizational flaw always potentially breaking out: How the military brown-nosing system can elevate incompetent jerks into positions, at all levels, of power over others, and at his level, melding with the political kind of ass-kissing feeding into one another.
Iraq should never have happened, but as soon as those music videos surfaced the thought was, "If they have time for that, they shouldn't be there." So now with PETRAEUS and the various people involved in the whole thing: If they had time for hours of jogging and doing book interviews and cocktail socializing, they never should have been in Iraq and Afghanistan should been over, like, 9 1/2 years ago and whatever is next needs to be VERY necessary and very surgical.
Not that civilian politicians are that good at much, but at least the military has *some* kind of civilian control over it.
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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:49 PM
stillcool (24,702 posts)
1. The Defense industry..
loves war. They can only sell so many weapons around the world, and there is so much money to be made by destroying things to build them up, only to destroy them. Making the world safe for American Corporation's Global Business interests is a full time war job.