The Looming Crisis at the Pentagon – How Taxpayers Finance Fantasy Wars, By Chalmers Johnson

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By Chalmers Johnson
TomDispatch
2.02.09

Like much of the rest of the world, Americans know that the U.S. automotive industry is in the grips of what may be a fatal decline. Unless it receives emergency financing and undergoes significant reform, it is undoubtedly headed for the graveyard in which many American industries are already buried, including those that made televisions and other consumer electronics, many types of scientific and medical equipment, machine tools, textiles, and much earth-moving equipment — and that’s to name only the most obvious candidates. They all lost their competitiveness to newly emerging economies that were able to outpace them in innovative design, price, quality, service, and fuel economy, among other things.

A similar, if far less well known, crisis exists when it comes to the military-industrial complex. That crisis has its roots in the corrupt and deceitful practices that have long characterized the high command of the Armed Forces, civilian executives of the armaments industries, and Congressional opportunists and criminals looking for pork-barrel projects, defense installations for their districts, or even bribes for votes.

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via Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, Economic Death Spiral at the Pentagon.

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4 thoughts on “The Looming Crisis at the Pentagon – How Taxpayers Finance Fantasy Wars, By Chalmers Johnson

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  3. Pork & Corruption. How about a conflict of interest law that prohibits a Senator or Congressman from voting for any appropriations that effect his or her district?

    • Except that’s how they get re-elected, talking about how much money they brought into their district. The citizens don’t mind when it effects their district, they don’t like the pork going to other districts.

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