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Shanahan Sec of Defense Appt is Grotesque Joke; It Pierces the Veil

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The appointment of Patrick Shanahan as acting Secretary of Defense is a grotesque joke, the kind you might see in the Onion. Imagine the Onion headline:
Trump Cuts Out Middleman, Appoints Boeing Exec to Head Defense Dept to Expedite boost of Military Spending

Shanahan never served in the military. That could be a really good thing if the right non-military person was appointed. But Shanahan has spent most of his career as a player in the military industrial complex, working at Boeing from 1986 through 2017, when he was appointed by Donald Trump as Assistant Secretary of Defense.

It's almost like this appointment pierces the veil that the US military serves a purpose other than producing massive profits for companies within the military industrial complex.

At least with James Mattis we had someone who had some experience in the military, some experience of losing soldiers to death. Now we face a situation where we have a businessman running the military.

Personally, I'd like to see Secretary of Defense be someone who is known for opposing war. That's not going to happen. It will be interesting to see how the actual military responds to this appointment.

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Finally, it appears that Trump has taken a strategy of avoiding getting congressional approval of appointees by dumping people, then appointing "Acting" replacements. This should be illegal. An "Acting" Department head should only be allowed to be appointed if there is a vacancy, not because the president is firing someone.

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Shanahan confirmation hearing in senate. I randomly selected a spot to hear a portion of the 1.5 hour hearing and there, he talks about needing enough inventory. Inventory-- that's what Boeing sells the military. It's clear how this man thinks. McCain say
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Having Italian blood Italian, I tend to see the glass half full like Bruno and not half empty like Schopenhauer. That maybe why I view Shanahan's appointment, not as a joke, but rather the possible first step in turning Swords to Plowshares... something Trump and Mnuchin have been discussing privately for years.

Also, the fact Shanahan pissed-off Bomber-mad McCain by not endorsing arming Ukraine is a major plus.

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As usual, Giovanni Lorenzo, You're right on top of things,


Hope you enjoyed great holiday times.

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When I consider that Marine General Smedley Butler stated, "I served in all commissioned ranks from a second Lieutenant to a Major General. And during that time, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism," then I wonder whether appointing a corporate magnate to the office of Secretary of Defense isn't the most logical choice possible.

As with so many other things, Trumps hangs the dirty laundry right out in the open.

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Cabinet officials are supposed to be civilians, and the American tradition is to fill the posts with civilians. The cabinet is not supposed to be an arm of the Pentagon. The American tradition is one of civilian, not military, governance.


Rob says: "Finally, it appears that Trump has taken a strategy of avoiding getting congressional approval of appointees by dumping people, then appointing "Acting" replacements." And this gets to the heart of the matter. Trump, who is surrounded by deep state murderers who will have the power to dump him in the new congress, has finally come to his senses. He will use the above principle to quickly usher in change through temporary appointments, thus short circuiting the congressional approval process, as such a process will only allow deep state warmongers into the cabinet. Major changes are afoot, and will happen quickly. Nice to see Mattis kicked out on his ass.

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Actors with screen guild union cards make the most believable politicians. Of course DONALD J. TRUMP will withhold his income tax returns until he retires or dies in office.

Incorporating the United States of America as a non-profit 501 (c)3 was totally legal.

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Income tax returns were not supposed to be made public as a trade-off for passing the income tax act. That is my understanding.

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Mattis went to Iraq the second time to kill a million babies, and at least that many other civilians. He was well enough educated on the situation to know that was the expected result, as the more limited war up to that time had already "achieved" a large fraction of those results. Trump is not astute enough to pick one of the worst possible choices every time, but he does "succeed" at that quite often.

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The hiring process is mysterious to me.

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So Trump fired the rabid Mad Dog, and hired the obedient Lap Dog.

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So Trump fired the rabid Mad Dog, and hired the obedient Lap Dog.

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Watching the senators from both sides of the aisle makes the point that they are the same. Cantrell's introduction was shameful and gave us a glimpse of the tired ass cliches to follow from Shanahan, "looking at the architectures, not being afraid to fail fast, blah blah.

However, the fake Oscar goes to the unforgotten McCain. There he sits pouting with his fake worries about whether with 5 piggish defense contractors gluttoning up 90% of the fiat money, the senate was about to advise the president to let the fox into the hen house. What a senile sorry ass statement to make...Let the foxes into the hen house?? Try wolves mofo...like he is unaware of the thickly settled corruption of the MIC. He was the biggest proponent of the MIC, sitting in his chairman's seat, pimping, battering, and extorting one that was to become the second in command of DOD. He sits up there in his little bitty chairman chair beating up the poor knucklehead Boeing exec for not being gungho to have supported the arming of the independent nazi enforcers of the Ukrainian police state.

Alas! He left us way too late...but his remnants are still spread through out the fascist government he left behind - the one that voted to continue the slaughter of Yemenis rather than vote against the lucrative farm bill - you know the one - It was the one that an overwhelming majority of bastard fake left/right legislators supported, 386-47 in the house and 87-13 in the senate...if only he had taken the senate and house with him with him. Sorry ass Mofo. I know he dead. I hope he stays that way...don't need no more stinking mofo MIC zombies. Watching that clip messed up my limited holiday cheer. Mofo.

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Would you wake up to the reality that there is a difference across the aisle?

Do you at least see that one side has many more women?

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While there are differences accross the aisle, in this situation there are not many. The Repubs and Dems take turns leading the war instigations when they are in power and enthusiastically following when they are not. The rare Barbara Lee or Cynthia McKinney stood out, as have a few men, but unfortunately there have been very few of these people in Congress.

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Why is "this situation" the key?

And there are many differences.

The bombing of aggressor and criminal Serbia under Clinton was orders of magnitude milder and more careful than bombing of Iraq by Bush.

And the reasons for going in were very different.

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Trump is now trying to drain the swamp he created to replace it with a new one.Mattis is no loss but this guy is obviously no improvement.An I'd bet our troops in Syria aren't coming home anytime soon.

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Trouble is, no one wants to work next to the douche. Only has-beens and those without a political future raise their hands, and when there's just one hand, there they are! One can only imagine those backroom conversations!

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As acting Secretary of Corporate Wars, 4K high resolution surveillance cameras can "shoot" suspected bad hombres from existing satellites.

Evidence is the key to liberty. Keep an eye on the Pentagon from space too, in case a BOEING commercial aircraft has an accident like on 9/11.

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