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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:08 PM
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Robert Scheer: The Chinese Aren’t Coming
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The Chinese Aren’t Coming

Posted on Jun 29, 2010
By Robert Scheer


On Tuesday, the Cold War finally ended with a historic trade agreement between China and Taiwan that will dramatically integrate the mainland’s economy with that of its claimed breakaway province. Peace has descended on the most contentious point of conflict between East and West for the past six decades—but don’t expect the folks at the Pentagon or their military contractors to celebrate. The remaining raison d’être for much of their $700 billion budget has suddenly collapsed, and with it the claim on huge profits and high-flying careers.

The bulk of that money, higher in constant dollars than at any other time since World War II, is spent on weapons systems to fight a sophisticated Cold War enemy that went out of business with the breakdown of the Soviet Union. And the so-called “war on terror” does not cut it as a substitute excuse for feeding the immense maw of the military-industrial complex. It is laughable to suggest that the ever more complex and costly high-tech weaponry we continue to build is needed to defeat an opponent armed with the box cutters used by the 9/11 hijackers or a primitive roadside bomb set off by an Iraqi insurgent.

When Sen. Joe Lieberman makes his annual case for those $2.5 billion submarines produced in his home state of Connecticut, his central argument has been that the Chinese are building equally sophisticated weapons that threaten us. “If we do not move to produce two submarines a year as soon as possible, we are in serious danger of falling behind China,” he thundered during one Senate debate. Obviously, it’s harder to make the case that submarines are needed to capture al-Qaida terrorists holed up in some landlocked nation’s mountain caves. So too with the ever more advanced arsenal designed to penetrate enemy defenses not even built when those Cold War adversaries still operated.

“The Chinese are coming” became the last refuge of war-profiteering scoundrels once the Russians started cutting back dramatically, but this alarm was never plausible. The authoritative quadrennial Defense Department reports have always made clear that China has at most threatened to become a regional power with Taiwan as its focus. Yet that pathetic excuse for the U.S. spending as much on its military as do the rest of the world nations combined seemed plausible to most in Congress who voted for massive military appropriations even as our government had to borrow money from the Chinese to cover our deficits. .......(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_chinese_arent_c... /



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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:35 PM
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1. The #1 function of our military today is to protect the interests of Big Oil
and provide the muscle to keep the tankers secure. 80% cost of this $600BB/year defense budget ought to be dialed into the true cost of oil. Maybe then we'd have the economic justification to pursue a post-oil energy economy.
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SocialistLez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:15 PM
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3. +1 NT
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:58 PM
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pocoloco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:27 PM
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 10:16 AM
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