i'm poking fun at jay's own military background, not seriously suggesting the F-35 has a starring role in iraq. thanks for the pedantry, though. although it goes without saying that a country that produces mass amounts of armaments and makes huge military investments generally tends to find reasons to use them, too, or to sell them to other parties. it's like a bodybuilder being jacked on steroids: maintaining the spending becomes part of the life-blood of the nation.
Larssen wrote:Fighter jets like the F-35 and high tech drones are not built primarily with deployment in 'dustbowls' in the Middle East in mind. Or to fund the military industry for that matter. Maintaining escalation dominance in the 21st century is a real strategic concern and is keeping a lot of R&D going.
the bidding and tendering for the F-35 is a good example of the way that huge arms corporations like lockheed or boeing are spread out across the states. it is a purposeful supply chain. many districts become reliant upon them and their jobs/local economy boost. there's a deep imbrication of huge federal-military projects and everyday political life.
and to say that the most expensive defence contract awarded in history, for the most expensive weapon ever built, has no implications with regards 'to fund[ing] the military industry' is a pretty fucking hot take, larssen. are you lost in your academic studies or policy-thinktank world or something? it involves a lot more than 'strategic concern' (look at US vs iran war games to see how instrumental fighter jets are, cough; and i'm sure a US vs china world war will be fought decisively with dog-fights and aerial bombing).
the point being that jay's claims that america isn't a state geared towards militarism is pretty shaky, at best. he is himself a person who came from a lower-income, non-university background, who went through the commonly accepted and widely used pathway of military service and deployment in order to gain a better income and education. if that isn't a militarised state, then frankly i don't know what is. in america it's easier to gain upwards social mobility by enlisting than it is by trying to get a college scholarship.
it seems to me that a lot of american life is geared, economically and politically, towards an almost constant state of war making and unquestioning acceptance of the military's central role in civic life. 'thank you for your service'.
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