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    2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2...s-arms-bonanza

    As Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in “bigly” in his first year in office. They raked in tens of billions of dollars in Pentagon contracts, while posting sharp stock price increases and healthy profitsdriven by the continuation and expansion of Washington’s post-9/11 wars. But last year’s bonanza is likely to be no more than a down payment on even better days to come for the military-industrial complex.President Trump moved boldly in his first budget, seeking an additional $54 billion in Pentagon funding for fiscal year 2018. That figure, by the way, equals the entire military budgets of allies like Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Then, in a bipartisan stampede, Congress egged on Trump to go even higher, putting forward a defense authorization bill that would raise the Pentagon’s budget by an astonishing $85 billion. (And don’t forget that, last spring, the president and Congress had already tackedan extra $15 billion onto the 2017 Pentagon budget.) The authorization bill for 2018 is essentially just a suggestion, however -- the final figure for this year will be determined later this month, if Congress can come to an agreement on how to boost the caps on domestic and defense spending imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The final number is likely to go far higher than the staggering figure Trump requested last spring.
    We already have more weapons than all nations combined. This is a ploy from Reagan's playbook on making the rich richer. Guarantee ol' Trumper is heavily invested in the MIC.
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    Modernizing the military is a bad thing in the liberal world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahuyaman View Post
    Modernizing the military is a bad thing in the liberal world.
    You know, I thought about ignoring this post and not reading it but then I thought, hey, maybe the poster will surprise us all and participate in a discussion. Well, my first instinct was right. More blah, blah, blah, quoting from Fox news and absolutely NO sign of intelligence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob the Slob View Post
    You know, I thought about ignoring this post and not reading it but then I thought, hey, maybe the poster will surprise us all and participate in a discussion. Well, my first instinct was right. More blah, blah, blah, quoting from Fox news and absolutely NO sign of intelligence.

    There's a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black.

    The fact is, our military is in dire need of modernization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahuyaman View Post
    There's a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black.

    The fact is, our military is in dire need of modernization.
    Why? Is there any military out there that is more modern or any bad guys with better weapons? Is this really about need or want?
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    US military spending was never extravagant until Trump. lol This place I swear...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Who View Post
    Why? Is there any military out there that is more modern or any bad guys with better weapons? Is this really about need or want?
    A shocking percentage of our military aircraft are not airworthy. Several of our navy ships are unable to deploy. Many of our combat units are not combat ready. The world is not getting safer day by day.

    Yes, it is about need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob the Slob View Post
    You know, I thought about ignoring this post and not reading it but then I thought, hey, maybe the poster will surprise us all and participate in a discussion. Well, my first instinct was right. More blah, blah, blah, quoting from Fox news and absolutely NO sign of intelligence.
    just ignore the thread and let the grown ups have a discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahuyaman View Post
    A shocking percentage of our military aircraft are not airworthy. Several of our navy ships are unable to deploy. Many of our combat units are not combat ready. The world is not getting safer day by day.
    What we need is debatable but the idea that this is an initiative unique to Trump is...laughable.
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    As a percentage of US GDP military spending is low.

    Link - https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmc.../#1c759ad44c47
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