I can't disagree with one word in your post, and thank you for reminding us of our current fortune.
Israel is the "Apple of God's Eye" and it's survival is assured as a nation by His word. I only hope our country maintains it's support for Israel and not turn our back on her. Rest assured, no matter what transpires, Israel is in much better hands than that of the U.S.
Now speaking of America, our sons and daughters serving in the military in harms way. Supposedly the richest debtor nation on earth, able to provide the lazy generational welfare people a living without any work, spending billions of dollars in public aid, housing, food, utilities, diapers, etc. And can't / won't spend a few extra dollars per troop for better equipment / protection for our sons and daughters in combat to protect our way of life?
The surprise Israeli "Six Day War" should be just one obvious example of divine intervention. Much less, the only nation ever in recorded history to be scatter through out the world and come back as a nation un-blemished officially May 14, 1948. And to be predicted centuries in advance just reading the #1 best selling book of all time? Go figure?
I realize Israel gets "hand-me-downs" from the U.S. but, I have a vested interest on what our American sons and daughters are issued for combat. It hits home when one of our loved ones is killed or maimed, and a few dollars more would have probably saved them from death or a life long injury.
It makes no sense to me at all to squander billions on lazy trash, and penny pinch protective armament and equipment for those protecting trash and their generational welfare cycle?
I'm hoping that as some previous posters said, he can "trade up" to better gear when he hits the ground over there.
Think of it this way.......how much grunt gear can you buy with a over a billion dollars (the cost of 2 B-2 Stealth Bombers).
For those that will say "Gee whiz...we need those bombers if we go to war with China"...well really, if we go to war with China, how long to you think that will last as we both have nuclear capabilities.
Comes down to priority. I feel sorry for the children that will have to deal with this mess yet when it was all happening they were too young to understand it or weren't even born yet!
This type of thing isn't new, remember the up-armored Humvee debacle around 2003-2006?
There's always a shortage of something, and no offense but it's not because of contraceptives.
Last year i started going to the VA for my medical care; my disability rating is 80 percent. The VA has changed drastically on the watch of General Shinseki. There are more doctors, specialists, nurses and support personnel. The entire attitude of the VA hospital in OK City has changed. The place no longer has the atmosphere of a mortuary.
Anyone here remember David Chu, the Bush military manpower guru. Chu told the Wall St. Journal veterans benefits are "hurtful" to national security".
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By most accounts war in Iraq cost about one trillion dollars. Actuaries say that caring for the dependents of those killed in Iraq and caring for those wounded in Iraq will cost 2.5-3 trillion dollars. There is a message here for politicians in DC. Mr./Mrs. Political Hack, if you can't afford your optional war then don't start your war.Quote:
"The amounts have gotten to the point where they are hurtful. They are taking away from the nation's ability to defend itself," says David Chu, the Pentagon's undersecretary for personnel and readiness.
Longer than that. Much longer.
President Eisenhower warned of the military industrial complex in 1961.
Ike warned of 'military-industrial complex' 50 years ago
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.
Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
I'm biased (20 years of military service), and I've seen all the debacles of $50,000 acft toilet seats and $25,000 hammers, but in the end I realize all that "wasted" government money is paying a lot of paychecks--paychecks that pay taxes, buy products, pay mortgages, buy dinners in the little Mom & Pop dinners, and so forth.
To cut defense spend is to go back to training our troops with wooden guns, shooting at trucks with "Tank" painted on the sides. We have to face it: A P-38 Lightning cost $10,000 in WWII. That amount isn't going to buy an F-22 today. Nearly all the bases I knew of during my career have been closed or severely reduced in size and mission. It kills me to see the satellite views of the Boneyard and the millions of dollars of aircraft waiting to be cut up into scrap.
There are a lot of things that could be cut prior to cutting the defense budget, starting with all the foreign aid to countries that climb the embassy walls and tear down the American flag.
But I don't hear that from either presidential candidate.