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The Military Industrial Complex is a term coined by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to describe the web of policies and monetary relationships between legislators, national armed forces, and the military industrial base. The articles in this category address the relationship between our legislators and the lucrative defense contract industry.
Mel Gurtov: So here we are evidently back to the future as the Trump administration forges ahead with nuclear “modernization,” without a set strategy for the weapons but with billions of dollars to burn.
Laura Finley: In 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District, amidst outcry from parents, announced that it would return the three grenade launchers it had acquired but would keep its armored personnel carrier and 61 assault rifles.
WJ Astore: President Trump is a different man. “His” generals have brought him under control. Criticism of the F-35 has gone away.
In military affairs, America is especially prone to putting its faith in weapons. The problem is that often weaponry is either less important than one thinks, or seductive in its promise.
The man who was dragged from his seat was first asked if he would voluntarily give up his seat. He told the airline that he was a doctor and had patients waiting for him in Louisville.
William J. Astore: Forget about the global fight against ISIS: The big focus at the Pentagon is now going to be on spending that windfall of taxpayers’ dollars.
Vijay Prashad: This is the old ‘guns vs. butter’ scenario taught to young students in elementary economics classes. If economics is a matter of choices over scare resources, and if budgets are a way to project your values, then Trump has made his views clear – guns matter more than butter.
William J. Astore: But what makes people truly secure? How about a living wage, decent health care, and quality education? Affordable housing?
William J. Astore: The Pentagon, which has never passed a financial audit and which has wasted more than two trillion dollars over the years, is due to be given even more money to spend, irrespective of past performance or future need.
William J. Astore: Recent presidents have idolized the military, perhaps because they either never served in it or never really experienced its foibles and faults, its flaws and failings.
Williams J. Astore: Given his inflammatory tweets about nuclear arms races with their “bring it on” mentality, Trump has all the makings of tinpot provocateur, an unstable military poseur who likes to speak loudly while swinging a nuclear-tipped stick.
William J. Astore: The F-35 became like a Swiss army knife, featuring lots of tools and moving parts. Sure, in a pinch a Swiss army knife can be used as a screwdriver or what have you, but most of the time what you really need is the best screwdriver for the job.