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A Weapon of Mass Destruction, F-35 Also Destroys the Democratic Process


By William Boardman       Email address removed  


[NOTE:  Written before the public meeting on July 8, about F-35 basing in Vermont, this piece predicts the outcome.  The prediction is correct, but most of the post-meeting coverage has less detail, background, and context than this pre-meeting exercise.  The meeting drew about 150 people, lasted almost four hours  -- see end for outcome.] 


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F-35 Bombs with Vermonters.
F-35 Bombs with Vermonters.
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F-35, At $400 Billion And Counting, Is a Symptom of Much Greater Disease


When the city council in a city of just 18,000 people reverses a vote it took a year earlier, it's not usually off national significance, but if the South Burlington City Council votes as expected on July 8, in support of basing the F-35 strike fighter in Vermont, it will illustrate how deep the tentacles of national power reach into local government in this country. 


The F-35 nuclear-capable bomber, designed for aggressive war, is one of the more obvious tumors of the military-industrial-political cancer that has metastasized throughout the American system, from Congress and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., all the way, now, to the five member city council in South Burlington. 

In 2012, the city council was led by a retired Air Force colonel who at first  supported having the F-35 as a noisy neighbor -- until she researched it carefully.   After Col. Rosanne Greco, a former Pentagon planner, presented her findings to the council (and the public), the council voted on two separate occasions -- 4-1 and 4-0 -- that the F-35 should be based elsewhere.   


F-35 Boosters Bought the Government They Wanted in South Burlington

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