posted on Dec, 11 2012 @ 08:55 AM
Originally posted by Merinda
When it comes to hardware, at least the US military gets the very best money can buy. No expenses are spared on techs (with exceptions of the marines
ground troops maybe). And the results show. When America landed as part of the allies, only the US lost over 2000 soldiers in the first few hours. Now
they can take over a country without coming close to that figure.
What would happen if the military was privatized and employed by the government for operations? Would the CEOs still spare no expenses to keep US
troops alive, or would they be looking for the sweet spot of US deaths, a number of US deaths that is neither so high that it hurts future bluishness
and recruitment, nor so low that to achieve a low level of causalities an unreasonable amount of money has to be invested in tech and training?
I do not recall private contractors riding in APCs or having access to Dust Off in case they get wounded.
Can you think of other areas where using profits as the carrot isnt necessarily the best approach?
If the US military was privatized, they would be used simply as a means of force for US Corporations to rape, pillage, and plunder the resource-rich
3rd world. We would see them protecting the interests of corporate profits and Wall St over the interests of the actual human beings and founding
document which they are sworn to protect.
Likewise, we would see MASSIVE spending on confusing, bloated, and questionable weapon systems given that their inherent complexity provides ample
opportunity for graft...even while the actual troops don't have basic necessities in the field like body armor, a Leatherman, or other routine pieces
of gear. We would expect that money being spent on things such as health care or disability payments would be slashed to be in accordance with the 30
yr trend in the private sector....even to the point where the widows of deceased service members might have to jump through nonsensical hoops to
qualify for the death benefits they thought came with their husbands serving their country.
Similarly, one could only surmise that there would be a radical improvement in the propaganda, marketing, and arguably "brainwashing" tactics
utilized to start, justify, and continue their military efforts. Let's face it...the good ol' USA may not be the #1 in terms of infrastructure or
manufacturing anymore...but it's looking like we will ALWAYS be #1 in scammy marketing tactics, used car salesman, and subverting the normal human
critical thinking process via a message which contains cleverly disguised appeals to humanities basest and most primal fears, desires, and
predispositions such as xenophobia, religious intolerance, sexism, and co-opting religious beliefs in the name of "peace".
Lastly, we would begin to see a blatant disregard for what the private sector refers to as "negative externalities" in the name of the Almighty
Dollar. Just as massive global destruction caused by man-made global warming is deemed acceptable in the name of quarterly financial reports...we
would expect to see increased "collateral damage" by weapon systems which simply provide "more bang for the buck" in a literal sense...with little
to no concern about what was actually being caught up in all of those explosions.
Hey...WAIT A SECOND!?!??!
...Looks like the military has actually already been privatized, huh?