It’s not defense, it’s offense

Posted 8/7/19

One could reasonably conclude that Christine Cribb had not even read Kirk Boxleitner’s well-done article about AG Bob Ferguson suing the Navy — for violating the law. The Navy has been …

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It’s not defense, it’s offense

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One could reasonably conclude that Christine Cribb had not even read Kirk Boxleitner’s well-done article about AG Bob Ferguson suing the Navy — for violating the law. The Navy has been acting with intentional and reckless disregard of legal requirements that others are bound to. This behavior is not at all inconsistent with U.S. military self-assigned exceptionalism in general. The list of illegal wars it has incited around the globe is long and dates from the nation’s very inception to the present day. Why should training for those wars be any different?

The rallying cry of ‘jobs’ is the adhesive that binds the omnipresent military-industrial complex. Whether it’s closing unnecessary bases or ending multi-million-dollar debacle programs like the F-35, responsible action is prohibited due to the potential loss of jobs.

Profit is rarely admitted to, but that’s the other prime driver. America is number one in the manufacture and export of armaments. The American people have become virtual slaves to the racket of war, with so-called ‘defense’ related items and activities chewing up more than half of every tax dollar, to the detriment of the basic needs of the commons.

In truth, however, it’s not about ‘defense.’ It’s about offense. The U.S. government employs economic warfare to fiscally crush sovereign nations, then sends in our children and the death machines to physically destroy the non-compliers. It’s an old, effective and totally immoral game plan. “The Sound of Freedom” is purely a propaganda term. In reality, the jets are the sound of our slavery to the military master. Bombs away, our cities pay. No to a perpetual war economy.

Annette Huenke
Port Townsend

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Mike Loriz

Ms. Huenke-

Opinions are the right of all, but facts are facts.

According to the non-partisan CBO, in FY '17 defense used 17% and entitlements (SS, MED/MED) used 48% of the federal pot. I do not know when you got the idea that more than half goes to military, but it is wrong. So wrong that intelligent discussion becomes difficult or impossible.

Calling yourself a slave is grossly insensitive to the actual slavery suffered by countless people around the world and throughout history, including in the US.

I served in a (lawful) coalition as a Navy officer and fighter-bomber pilot to help rid Kuwait of Iraqi invaders. From your letter I infer you would prefer that Kuwaitis were still being raped and pillaged by Saddam's henchmen.

Wednesday, August 7
Justin Hale

Your argument is with the Congress Annette, Not the military.

And Mike L. is correct the military spending is not half of the federal budget.

Wednesday, August 7
Annette Huenke

Mike Loriz, you rightly point out that I needed to be more precise in my choice of verbiage. I should have said 'more than half of our discretionary budget.'

Slavery comes in many forms. My remarks weren't at all insensitive to 'actual' slavery.

It's time to rid Iraq (and Afghanistan, and Syria and every other country occupied by US forces — and bases) of American invaders, but I 'prefer' that your services won't be required for that.

Justin Hale — no, my argument is not with Congress. They're bought and paid for, or otherwise intimidated into submission.

Thursday, August 8
Justin Hale

So M. Huenke doesn't like our armed forces, doesn't like our Congress and going out on a limb here I'll bet she doesn't like our President either. Safe to say that M.Huenke is not a happy camper.

Thursday, August 8
Argo

You need to calm down before you post, lest you brushstroke the men and women who have paid the ultimate price for this country. Are they really slave masters? Do you not recognize government requirements, imbedded in the Constitution to protect this country’s sovereignty, that include your fellow Americans to volunteer their lives to protect it? Would you feel safer if we eliminated those military masters? I have no doubt that the billions of your fellow world citizens would gladly swap their passport with you. Jump at the opportunity.

Thursday, August 8
Mike Loriz

Ms. Huenke-

Even writing 'more than half of our discretionary budget' is less than forthright. 'Less than 1/5 of the US budget' is probably more fair and precise.

The editor wrote an excellent piece in the paper this week about the men and women who have served. I appreciate his perspective and the wisdom expressed in the piece. I hope you read it and perhaps reconsider your opinion of military folks. As I wrote earlier, Saddam invaded Kuwait. We responded to his invasion of a friendly, sovereign country.

I agree that the nation building exercises have not gone well, and I've let Mr. Kilmer know that I do not think the 2003 WOT resolution holds water at this time. Having said that, the military was lawfully serving the civilian leadership, per our Constitution. I was disappointed with the NeoCons during that period, but (in fairness) Mr. Obama continued along that same path to a degree. The members of the US military are NOT invaders. They are trying to do their best, under breathtakingly difficult conditions, to follow what they reasonably consider to be lawful orders.

Some of the letters I've read from you antis regarding this issue, and the responses which followed, have led me to the conclusion that FDR had a better idea. We should return to mandatory National service, either military, peace corp, or some type of WPA thing. If you are such an unhappy camper that you consider yourself a slave (I could not find a definition in Webster's that lets you off the hook), you might have benefited from military service. There are worse things than living on North Beach in Port Townsend. Please trust me.

Saturday, August 10