How many nuclear missile subs do we need…are we blowing up the moon, too?

https://pilotonline.com/news/military/article_f3a93d42-5ca0-11e9-b89c-cbd877e9e4c2.html

Cut taxes? Check. Cut Medicare and SS? Work in progress. And if that doesn’t fly, borrow a few trillion more.

Then bloat the military/industrial complex, arguably the biggest welfare and jobs support program we have. Looking for another war? Venezuela has bee mentioned. Iran? Why not? Iraq was so easy and successful.

We are always fighting the last wars. The Russians, and others I’m sure, have cleverly divided us like a mistress does to a troubled marriage. Cyber attacks work without firing a single rocket. And for a lot less money…by far.

Meanwhile the Chinese are forging trade alliances and infrastructure investments all around the world. And we are tossing up tariffs and walls. Doing our level best to piss off even our best allies in both defense and trade.

Think of what a fraction of the cost those subs spent on infrastructure, manufacturing and education in Central America might do to curtail the flow of desperate refugees fleeing for their lives.

Eisenhower was right. And we are wrong.

2 thoughts on “How many nuclear missile subs do we need…are we blowing up the moon, too?

  1. RE: “Think of what a fraction of the cost those subs spent on infrastructure, manufacturing and education in Central America might do to curtail the flow of desperate refugees fleeing for their lives.”

    It is certainly true that defense spending ultimately always boils down to a choice between guns and butter. The problem is, you can’t fight a war with butter.

    In other words, the cost of submarines in terms of butter is not a rational way to figure out how many submarines we should buy. The only rational way to figure out the answer is to forecast the material requirements we expect to face, should a war involving submarines occur.

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