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Cost Of Military Jet Could House Every Homeless Person In U.S. With $600,000 Home
It's no news that a large portion of our federal tax dollars goes towards defense spending. But your jaw might drop at the cost of the newest jet manufactured by the U.S. military, and just how much good could have been achieved domestically with the same price tag.
The $400 billion program to create a fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, which, as The Hill points out, is seven years behind schedule and chronically plagued with misfortunes and incompetencies, could have housed every homeless person in the U.S. with a $600,000 home.
The Soaring Profits of the Military Industrial Complex and Casualties
James Petras | June 24th 2014
The launch of two major wars by the US government had two major beneficiaries, one domestic and one foreign. The three major weapons manufacturers, Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOG) and Raytheon (RTN) have delivered record-shattering returns to investors, CEOs and investment banks during the past decade and a half.
The Israeli regime has expanded its territory and increased its power and influence in the Middle East. Israel’s territorial dispossession of Palestinians, was aided and abetted by the US invasion and destruction of the Palestinian’s Iraqi allies. Washington destroyed Iraq’s armed forces and fragmented its society and state.
The cost in US physical and mental casualties’ runs in the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who at one time served in the war zones. The financial costs run in the trillions of dollars and counting. Both the military-industrial complex and the pro-Israel power configuration continue to wield a major role in keeping Washington on a wartime footing.
For the weapons manufactures there are no peaceful economic activity that can yield a comparable return — hence the need to continue to pressure for new wars to sustain weapons spending. For the pro-Israel power configuration, peace agreements would put an end to land grabs, reduce or curtail new weapons transfers and undermine pretexts to sanction or bomb countries (like Iran) opposing Tel Aviv’s vision of “Greater Israel”.
Yet the political and financial costs of almost a decade and a half of warfare weigh heavily on the US Treasury and electorate. The wars themselves were dismal failures if not outright defeats. New conflicts have emerged in Syria, Iraq and the Ukraine in which the military-industrial complex and the pro-Israel lobbies hope to capitalize for profits and power.
Yet the cumulative costs of past and continuing wars hangs over the launch of new costly military interventions. Political discontent among the US public with past wars also weighs heavily against new wars for profits and Israel.
The power and influence of the military-industrial complex in promoting serial wars is evident in the extraordinary rates of return over the past fifty years. Stocks in military-industries have risen 27,699 per cent versus 6,777 per cent for the broad market according to a recent study by Morgan Stanley (cited in Barron’s, 6/9/14, p. 19). Over the past three years, Raytheon has returned 124 per cent, Northrup Grumman 114 per cent and Lockheed Martin 149 per cent.
The Obama regime talks of reducing the military budget and makes a show of doing so via the annual appropriation bill, and then, uses emergency supplemental funds to pay war costs…which actual increases military spending and fattens the profits for the military-industrial complex.
War profits have soared because of multiple military interventions in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The lobbyists for the industry use their influence over Congressional and Pentagon decision-makers to join forces with the pro-Israel lobby to pressure for greater direct US military involvement in Syria, Iraq and Iran. The growing ties between Israeli and US military industries reinforce their political leverage in Washington by working with liberal interventionists and neo-conservatives. They criticize Obama for not bombing Syria and for withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan. They call for sending troops to Iraq and the Ukraine. Obama argues that proxy wars do not require heavy US military expenditures. Responding to Wall Street pressure to reduce the budget deficit the Obama regime argues that retreating from Iraq and Afghanistan was necessary to reduce US financial and military losses. But withdrawal also reduces profits for the weapons makers and angers Israel and its supporters in Congress.
The Fight over the Military Budget: Veterans versus the Complex and the Lobby
In the face of rising pressure to reduce the deficit and cut the military budget, the military-industrial complex and its Zionist accomplices are heavily engaged in retaining their share of the military budget, by reducing the amount allocated for the medical programs of active and retired soldiers. Disability costs are soaring and will continue for decades. The cost of health care is expected to double to 15 per cent of the defense budget in five years and according to the financial press “that is bad news for defense stocks” (Barron’s, 6/9/14, p. 19).
In response the military-industries are pressing to close Veterans Administration hospitals and reduce benefits, claiming fraud, incompetence and inferior service. The same corporate warlords and lobbyists who pressed the Government to send American soldiers to wars, in which they lost lives, limbs and mental health, are now in the forefront of the fight to reduce spending on their recovery and health. Economists point out that the less the percentage of the military budget spent on veteran’s health, the greater the share allocated for missiles, warships and war planes. The long term costs for VA medical and disability spending resulting from the Afghan and Iraq wars are at present $900 billion and rising.
The corporate warlords are pressuring Congress to increase co-pays, enrollment fees and deductibles for veterans enrolled in public health plans.
The fight is on over Pentagon expenditures: for soldiers health or weapons programs that fatten the profits of the military industrial complex.
Reminder: U.S. Plotted to Provoke Shoot Down of Airliner to Create Pretext for War
Who in their right mind would risk provoking a war by staging the shoot down of an airliner?
If you guessed Russia, then guess again.
In 2005, a memo was leaked from a January 2003 meeting between President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair during which Bush, “considered provoking a war with Saddam Hussein’s regime by flying a United States spyplane over Iraq bearing UN colours, enticing the Iraqis to take a shot at it.”
However, this was by no means the first time that the United States considered such methods. Declassified documents from 1962's infamous Operation Northwoods confirm that the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff planned to, “create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner enroute from the United States to Jamaica, Guatemala, Panama, or Venezuela.”
The Joint Chiefs planned to pack the plane with “a group of college students off on a holiday” in order to fully demonize Cuba and potentially set the stage for a confrontation with the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.
In July 1988, the United States actually did shoot down a commercial airliner over Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 on board including 66 children. Despite Iran Air Flight 655 broadcasting a signal that identified it as a civilian craft, the crew of the USS Vincennes incorrectly identified the Airbus A300 as an attacking F-14 Tomcat fighter and downed it with SM-2MR surface-to-air missiles. The U.S. offered Iran no apology for the incident.
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Malaysia MH17 crash: 10 questions Russia wants Ukraine to answer
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Some Western states and Kiev rushed to find Russian involvement in the MH17 crash having no evidence to back their claims, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister told RT. He invited Ukraine to answer 10 questions to prove their commitment to an impartial probe.
Speaking to RT, Russia’s
Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has criticized Western
countries for jumping to conclusions just “24 hours after the
crash” while there is no evidence.
“They try to show to the whole world that we are responsible
for the crash. It is very strange that without any evidence my
colleagues from western media would like to find somebody who is
responsible for the crash,” Antonov said. “It seems to
me that this is part of information warfare which has been
started against the Russian Federation and armed forces.”
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Ukraine militia downed MH17
Instead of using the incident as the pretext for groundlessly
blaming one of the sides, the catastrophe over Ukrainian sky
should be used as a possibility to restart cooperation to
“prevent such tragedies in the future.”
“As for me, I don’t want to use this opportunity to blame
anybody. I would just like to raise few questions for my
colleagues from the armed forces of Ukraine,” Antonov said.
“I hope they try to answer the questions, it will be a good
opportunity for us to realize where we are, whether there is a
possibility for us to restart cooperation and to find who is
really responsible for the tragedy.”
“Answers for these questions could help us find an
opportunity to prevent such tragedies in the future,” the
Deputy Defense Minister said.
TEN QUESTIONS FOR THE UKRAINIAN AUTHORITIES
1. Immediately after the tragedy, the Ukrainian authorities,
naturally, blamed it on the self-defense forces. What are these
accusations based on?
2. Can Kiev explain in detail how it uses Buk missile launchers in the conflict zone?
And why were these systems deployed there in the first place, seeing as the
self-defense forces don’t have any planes?
3. Why are the Ukrainian authorities not doing anything to set up
an international commission? When will such a
commission begin its work?
4. Would the Ukrainian Armed Forces be willing to let
international investigators see the inventory of their air-to-air
and surface-to-air missiles, including those used in SAM
5. Will the international commission have access to tracking data
from reliable sources regarding the movements of Ukrainian
warplanes on the day of the tragedy?
6. Why did Ukrainian air traffic controllers allow the plane to
deviate from the regular route to the north,
towards “the anti-terrorist operation zone”?
7. Why was airspace over the warzone not closed for civilian flights, especially since
the area was not entirely covered by radar navigation systems?
8. How can official Kiev comment on reports in the social media,
allegedly by a Spanish air traffic controller who works in
Ukraine, that there were two Ukrainian military planes flying
alongside the Boeing 777 over Ukrainian territory?
9. Why did Ukraine’s Security Service start working with the
recordings of communications between Ukrainian air traffic
controllers and the Boeing crew and with the data storage systems
from Ukrainian radars without waiting for international
10. What lessons has Ukraine learned from a similar incident in 2001, when a Russian Tu-154
crashed into the Black Sea? Back then, the Ukrainian authorities
denied any involvement on the part of Ukraine’s Armed Forces
until irrefutable evidence proved official Kiev to be guilty.
Obama encourages Israel to 'MINIMIZE' civilian death - Yahoo News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that he encouraged Israel's leader to minimize civilian deaths in its ground push into Hamas-ruled Gaza, while letting him know that the U.S. supports Israel's right to self-defense.
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Rebel leader gives bizarre account of plane crash
MOSCOW (AP) - A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash - suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off.
The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted Igor Girkin as saying he was told by people at the crash site that "a significant number of the bodies weren't fresh," adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition.
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“Jews against Genocide” Protest Gaza Attack at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Light Children’s Dolls on Fire
Saturday, 12th July, a group called Jews Against Genocide (JAG) held a memorial service for Palestinian children killed by Israel in its current attack on Gaza. JAG set aflame to a pile of dolls covered in red paint at Yad Vashem, Israel’s holocaust memorial museum. Jews Against Genocide (JAG) is a movement of Jews from all over the world, including Israelis, who are protesting against Israel’s intent to commit genocide against the non-Jewish indigenous people of Palestine.
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Blood for gas: Why Bibi is punishing Gaza
Israel wants it all
The numbers don’t do justice to the appalling carnage. By Monday, over northern Gaza, after Israel warned residents to leave the area to avoid airstrikes, at least 167 people were killed – the majority of them women, children and elderly civilians, 30 by Israeli rockets – and over 1,000 injured. Two hundred houses, not military installations, were totally destroyed and over 1,500 houses partially damaged.
Compare it to zero deaths in Israel. An IDF spokesperson gruesomely boasted that Gaza – a de facto slum/concentration camp – was being bombed every 4 1/2 minutes.
Each homemade rocket fired by the Palestinians cost less than $1,000. Meanwhile, a single Israeli Iron Dome missile supposed to intercept them costs up to $100,000 (without including the launching and control systems). On top of this, since Thursday a ground invasion has been dubbed “imminent.”
That Bibi is able to get away with this is all the Arab street – and most of the Global South – needs to know about America’s battleship/aircraft carrier in the Middle East. What most people don’t know about is those 1.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, worth at least $4 billion, discovered 14 years ago off the Gaza coast.
It’s easy to forget that at the time of Israel’s previous invasion of Gaza – Operation Cast Lead – gas fields in Palestine were outright confiscated by Israel.
A New Paradigm Of Government (ANPOG)
- The PEOPLE RULE their government, and NOT conversely so;
- NO payroll taxes, or taxes on savings, checking, or other private account;
- NO real estate or property taxes, and no taxes on utilities;
- NO taxation for any aspect of government, unless you agree to support it by voting for it yourself;
- Being free to live your life as you see fit without laws, rules, or regulations dictating what you may, or may not eat, drink, smoke —or otherwise— as long as you’re not harming another person’s life, liberty, or property in the process;
- Term limits for ALL elected, and appointed offices;
- NO elected or appointed persons are above, or beyond the law, or with any ability to exempt themselves from any law, rule or regulation, or set themselves separate from the People in any way;
- ONLY the People get to decide what is law, or not;
- ALL laws —save the respective Constitutions— expire at the end of their third year in existence, unless they are extended for another three years by the People themselves;
- NO undeclared wars, or foreign entanglements, i.e., treaties of mutual cooperation, massive military spending, or military draft;
- NO jobs being shipped outside the country;
- Interest free loans for students;
- Interest free loans to purchase a primary dwelling;
- NO egregious regulations dictating what you can, or can’t grow and/or how much on your own property, and where;
- NO privately owned banks;
- NO corporations, public or private;
The list is almost endless, when it comes to your personal freedom. Are you ready to help make it all happen?
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