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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Dialing for Dollars

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends
--Mercedes Benz
, Janis Joplin

Your commander would never lie to you.
That's the vice president's job.

--Henry Rollins, on USO tour in Kyrgyzstan

We've got to get those people with bad mortgages
less afraid
so they'll get out and spend more money
--Joseph Stiglitz, on Charlie Rose

To the esteemed Mr. Columbia economist Stiglitz -- Huh? Are we nuts? The nation's economic COIN policy is as ineffectual as the military's. The Federal COIN policy transfers funds from working American's pockets and the national treasury and puts it in the pockets of bankers, car executives and Iraqi and Afghan "gangsters and weasels" as the Time's Bob Herbert put it Monday.

It is a huge transfer of wealth that does not foment forward momentum and lacks oversight and effective controls. Is this sanity? For the taxpayers, not.

On the bailouts, Treasury Secretary and former Mr. Goldman Sachs Hank Paulson said:

"What we've been doing here is moving, I think, with lightning speed to put necessary programs in place, to develop them, implement them, and then we need to monitor them while we're doing this. So we're building this organization as we're going" (Where'd the Bailout Money Go? Shhh, It's a Secret.)

Heckuva job, Paulie. Paulson's words could just as easily have issued forth from Paul Bremer's or General Petraeus's mouth. It's hither and thither, but mostly, it's benefiting them that has. This is the New America: Programming on the fly. The economy, like the run-up to war, is now all emergency, all the time. Fear and incredulity is the lubricant that keeps this perpetual motion machine running.

The economy has been melting down during the entire Bush administration, yet one day:
Mayday, mayday!,
and Congress snaps to its usual posture of administration lapdog. Where is reasoned response and long-term planning considerations? What is sanity vs. insanity?

America is living a national psychosis called COIN.
The Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) and the buyouts are the largest transfer of wealth in the nation's history with no forseeable benefit to the U.S. society at large, and we don't say a peep. One thing is for sure -- the COIN is no longer in our pockets; we have been taken to the cleaners.

In this case, our abusers are not the terrorists we fear, but our elected leaders who have perpetrated or tolerated such criminality.

Note: for The Onion's exquisite take on the problem, see "Should the Government Stop Dumping Money Into a Giant Hole." Nobody does it better.

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Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

From BlogWired.com:
"Air Force Releases 'Counter-Blog' Marching Orders"
(Begins): Bloggers: If you suddenly find Air Force officers leaving barbed comments after one of your posts, don't be surprised. They're just following the service's new "counter-blogging" flow chart. In a twelve-point plan, put together by the emerging technology division of the Air Force's public affairs arm, airmen are given guidance on how to handle "trolls," "ragers" -- and even well-informed online writers, too. It's all part of an Air Force push to "counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force," Captain David Faggard says.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 7:55:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

that's going right back to the old line of:

vietnam was a military success but a public relations failure.

sheesh. they send us to unwinnable disasters, we fight, bleed and die.

and the problem?


i just threw up in my mouth a little.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:01:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...


i've always had a pretty low opinion of the air force, it's the only service i know of that is entirely remf.

i did, in vietnam, make a couple of hairy jumps into very dangerous places to bring out a couple of pilots. that was mainly on account of the air force didn't have anybody capable of negotiating terrain that was full of people willing to shoot the fuck back at you.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:03:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Lately sewveral of our friends and i saw that without sarcasm have asked why i'm always so angry.I wrote a essay on the point today but your cmt touches my attitude-two generations fought and died for media events.

My question is - how can somebody not be angry?


Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:05:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Thanks. This is the military protecting the freedoms that we pay them to do.

Even an Air Force General should remember the 1st amendment since they swore a oath to uphold our Constitution.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:09:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Coming back at you-my AF EM friends said they joined because it was the only service that the O's did all the fighting:)

Their uniforms do look a little like Greyhound bus drivers.

The Chief of SOCEUR in my day was an AF 06-that always amazed me. He was a great person but didn't know anything about UW/GW or anything 18 series- he was a AC130 type.This is why Joint OPNS are doomed from the gitgo.Bus drivers can't write good ops orders:)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:15:00 PM GMT-5  

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