A huge day for the defense industry — DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE

This week has been a great week for our defense industry.

Just yesterday, two great things happened that I’m sure just completely made their day.

As part of the Syria complete freak out that we’re increasingly becoming involved in, the U.S. sent two Patriot Missile Batteries and about 400 military personnel to Turkey. This move reinforces the four other Patriot Missile Batteries that we already have there, but don’t worry, the goal is “to show enough of a commitment to Turkey’s defense to deter a Syrian attack,” according to NATO diplomats.

Meanwhile, across the globe, massive superpower Japan decided it would show those evil Chinese that it meant business. After China deployed a surveillance plane over the air space of some disputed islands, Japan scrambled fighter jets to intercept the plane.

But in a sad showing of Japan’s military capacity, two embarrassing things happened.

First, by the time the jets arrived from Okinawa — more than 300 miles away — the plane had left the area. Oops.

Second, Japan’s mighty radar systems failed to detect the Chinese surveillance plane, and it was only detected once a Japanese Coast Guard ship spotted it. Nice.

And here’s where it gets better. From the same article…

  • A big shot from our State Department reiterated the Obama administration’s stance that the security treaty between the United States and Japan applies to “any provocative set of circumstances.”

And the kicker is here:

  • “The United States has not taken a position on the sovereignty of the islands.”

So, in short, if one of our fledgling allies pisses off a major power over islands that are roughly a thousand miles from its homeland, guess who gets to fight the war? Yep, we do. Thanks to one of dozens and dozens of treaties we’ve signed and stand behind that were written in a far different time when arguably it was necessary to have them.

But keep not paying attention my fellow Americans. The defense industry is very happy about these two events and you’re free to keep watching reality TV and ignore it all with bliss. Or, you can get politically involved and join one of the political parties and spend your time bashing Republicans or Democrats. Yep, that’s okay with both parties.

But whatever you do, do not engage in a serious conversation about our defense posture. Which, by the way, there is serious bipartisan agreement among most liberals and libertarians.

No, keep letting our national leaders feed at the campaign contribution trough that is generously stuffed full of big dollars by those who work in the defense industry, and from those businesses who profit from the cheap labor and world stability provided by the blood and sweat of our young men and women.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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8 responses to “A huge day for the defense industry — DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE

  1. Big business. We’d do well to decide how much of it we really need, what’s really good for the country.

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  2. I agree with you on the disputed islands, but not on the PATRIOT missile battery. That may well involve defending against Iran rather than, or in addition to, Syria. I think that’s a good thing. It’s important to maintain a strong relationship with Turkey, a NATO ally and a bridge to the Muslim world.

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    • EF, you make a fair point, but if I recall correctly, didn’t Turkey NOT let us invade Iraq from their territory, after we had already planned to come in that way?

      My greater point is every time we get involved — now, in Syria — we create unintended consequences. We got involved in Afghanistan and helped create, train, and arm al Qaida.

      I’m ready to quit getting involved, increasing hatred against us, and spending so much on defense.

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      • But I think this has as much or more to do with Iran, and I think we have to take out Iran’s nuclear threat.
        And if we don’t get involved in Syria, we won’t have any influence when Assad goes. We have to support those we see as good guys — or less bad guys — there.
        Part of the problem is that we walked away from Afghanistan too soon and didn’t address the Taliban/Al Qaeda soon enough, strongly enough.
        Much as I’d like to let the Sunnis and Shiites figure it out, let the various sects and tribes deal with each other, I don’t think we can responsibly do that. But I don’t think that means staying in Afghanistan, there’s really nothing for us there anymore, it’s not where the action is strategically.

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        • You make some sound points, and some I disagree with, but it’s not worth debating. (Or maybe I’m just too tired to.)

          Regardless, international affairs are super complicated, which is one of my main reasons for wanting us to be less involved.

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  3. I think we’re all tired from the Newtown massacre.
    I do blame Clinton for not taking Al Qaeda and bin Laden more seriously.
    As you say, the stuff in the Islamic world is super complicated, and very few Americans, even those in high places, have a good understanding of it, but that doesn’t mean we can just disengage.

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