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Mr. Daley, you’ve managed to throw that Red Herring out there about how unjust cutting pay for active military is, then in the same breath disparage American corporations and industry who invent, produce and supply the same troops with new technology and superior weapons they need and must have to protect this very nation in an ever increasing hostile planet.
“Beware of the military industrial complex,” so often quoted by agenda-driven socialists, yet they can’t explain where we would be without it. Eisenhower rode the coat tails of that “complex” all the way to Berlin in 1945 saving the Brits, the Russians and the entire western (and eastern) hemispheres from despots and enslavement. The P-51 mustang, the best air superiority fighter of WWII was designed and built by North American Corp. The B-17 “flying fortress” built by Boeing carried the war all the way to the doorstep of the third Reich. Fairchild, Ford, General Motors, Packard, Curtiss Wright, Chance Vought, Consolidated, Bell, Republic, Grumman, Goodyear, Lockheed, etc, members all of the very complex you and I owe our freedoms to.
Today we have General Electric, still improving on the quietest, most powerful nuclear sub propulsion systems in the world, and General Atomics still inventing ever more optically endowed predators. Lockheed Martin is inventing super stealthy aircraft and UAVs like the VTOL F-35 air superiority fighter and the ‘invisible’ Sentinel … and many others. The biggest problem is they need more money not less, as stated by DOD chief Mr. Leon Panetta, but refuted by our commander in chief.
“Who could doubt that there’s every bit as much waste and fraud [Medicare] connected to defense and the military/industrial complex Eisenhower warned us about so long ago…” Really? Show some respect Mr. Daley. Who’s leaning left now? Our military and its “complex” is about the last bastion of productivity and good left in this country, about the only thing we can take pride in anymore, unless you want to include the rising complex of head shops, thrift stores, tattoo parlors, pharmacies and liquor stores.
You are concerned with cutting spending like many of us? Why not start with all the foreign and domestic advertising and gifting of free food, housing, college tuition, medical care, job training and amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants? Or is that more important than our military? Is “gifting” more about buying votes? Wake up America.