posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 01:29 PM
reply to post by Maxmars
This no bid nonsense started under Clinton, and has become the status quo with companies like KBR and Halliburton.
The arguement that slick willie used was that nobody else could do the job in the time alloted, and Bush and Obama have used the same faulty logic.
If we restructured our military we would have more than enough personel to do what the private contractors are being paid to do.
We aren't going to have any more large scale conventional wars, at least not the way the world is structured now. The only potential foe who could
even put up a decent fight is China, and while they have the numbers they do not have the infrastructure to fight a large scale war.
We have more transportation equipment in mothballs than the entire Chinese army has in total. They have one tiny carrier, and it's a diesel. By
most estimates it won't be fully operational for a couple more years. They do press junkets to show a pilot taking off and landing, but one plane
and pilot are a far cry from an operation carrier wing. So even if they wanted to invade us they couldn't get their troops over here.
Russia isn't a threat either. A large portion of the Russian militaries trucks are still lend lease trucks we gave them during WWII. I've been to
Russia few times, and my driver was former military so we had many talks soldier to soldier. Before that I bought into the whole "Russia is a
threat" nonsense. And it's just that, nonsense. He was in for 10 years and said that at any given time only about 10% of the equipment was
servicable. It was a numbers game so they cranked out buttloads of military gear that was defective. As long as it was lined up neatly for the spy
sattelites they didn't care that it was junk.
It's time to start spending our defense budget much more efficiently. That new jet will end up costing a cool trillion dollars when all is said and
done. That's almost 7% of the countries total debt.
It's a mess, and Obams is going down the same road the rest of them have.