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Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men


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  • Part 1: Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.
  • The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.
  • Part 2: Paul Krugman | Arms and the Very Bad Men
  • Trump’s rationale for going easy on Saudi Arabia is a shameful lie.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.

The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.

Peter Certo, In Other Words

August 15, 2018 | On an otherwise sleepy August day, President Trump signed the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Named for the dying Arizona senator who’s championed military budgets for his entire career, the bill increases U.S. military spending to an astonishing $717 billion.

According to my Institute for Policy Studies colleague Lindsay Koshgarian, that’s about double what American taxpayers were spending at the end of the Cold War, and upwards of $300 billion more than what we spent before the War on Terror.

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Part 2: Paul Krugman | Arms and the Very Bad Men

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Trump’s rationale for going easy on Saudi Arabia is a shameful lie.


Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

October 22, 2018 | A few days ago, Pat Robertson, the evangelical leader, urged America not to get too worked up about the torture and murder of Jamal Khashoggi, because we shouldn’t endanger “$100 billion in arms sales.” I guess he was invoking the little-known 11th Commandment, which says, “On the other hand, thou shalt excuse stuff like killing and bearing false witness if weapons deals are at stake.”
O.K., it’s not news that the religious right has prostrated itself at Donald Trump’s feet. But Trump’s attempt to head off retaliation for Saudi crimes by claiming that there are big economic rewards to staying friendly with killers — and the willingness of his political allies to embrace his logic — nonetheless represents a new stage in the debasement of America.

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Related:

The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs, Robert Higgs, Mises Institute  / Straight Line Logic

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  • An in-depth study of the military-industrial racket by Robert Higgs at Mises Institute:
  • “The business of buying weapons that takes place in the Pentagon is a corrupt business — ethically and morally corrupt from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few, if any, checks and balances. Most people in power like this system of doing business and do not want it changed.” – Colonel James G. Burton (1993, 232)
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