It's a sad feature of the American Empire that when all of our insane direct and indirect military spending is added up, it roughly equals the total amount spent by the rest of the world combined. And yet, as I reported July 30th in my post, "Top Military Brass Cry Like Spoiled Children Over Proposed Cuts," the Pentagon has laughably been warning that ANY cuts in defense spending in an effort to reduce the federal budget deficit will leave America vulnerable to attack.
Even if you buy their absurd argument, the next question which should logically be asked is: attacked by whom, exactly? There are only two nations in the word not currently aligned with the United States whose conventional forces could conceivably pose even a mild military threat--Russia and China. Of the two, China is the sexy pick to displace America as the most powerful nation in the world when we do finally get knocked off of our perch. Personally, I don't happen to subscribe to the theory that China, given all of its significant handicaps, is destined to become a globe-dominating superpower, but that is the conventional logic and for purposes of this blog post I will entertain the notion momentarily.
Okay, so China represents the biggest geopolitical threat--one that supposedly will only grow as time passes. If that's the case, then logic would dictate that we should be VERY CAREFUL in our dealings with them, right? Am I right?
Well, then perhaps the Pentagon and its apologists would care to explain this:
"Sprinkling" sounds like a fairly harmless practice, but in the hands of sophisticated counterfeiters it could deceive a major weapons manufacturer and possibly endanger the lives of U.S. troops.You...have...got...to...be...fucking...kidding...me. America
It's a process of mixing authentic electronic parts with fake ones in hopes that the counterfeits will not be detected when companies test the components for multimillion-dollar missile systems, helicopters and aircraft. It was just one of the brazen steps described Tuesday at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing examining the national security and economic implications of suspect counterfeit electronics -- mostly from China -- inundating the Pentagon's supply chain.
It's official folks, the movie Idiocracy is no longer a fictional comedy but a documentary.
Actually, that's not really true. We all know, or should know, why this is happening. Because the profits of the corporations who produce the weapons systems for the Pentagon are more important than ANYTHING else, including the lives of the soldiers who use those weapons and even the very security of the United States itself.
Think I'm overstating the case? Here's another blurb from the same article:
Officials from Raytheon, L-3 Communications and Boeing said they took the problem of counterfeits seriously and were working to address the problem.If these assholes really took this problem seriously, they wouldn't be using parts made anywhere but here in the United States. But of course, that's more expensive and would cut into their profit margins. So, do you supposed any of our so-called "leaders" in Congress asked any of these companies to explain themselves? Don't be so silly:
(Democratic Senator Carl) Levin made it clear that the companies and agencies cooperated with the committee's inquiry.You are right about that, Senator Levin. You, the Pentagon and the defense contractors ARE all on the same side...and that would be the side that is utterly fucking over the American people.
"We're all on the same side of the battle," he said.