The wasteful and dangerous Military-Industrial Complex

“…we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

– President Dwight Eisenhower

However, despite President Eisenhower powerful and historic warning, the military-industrial complex has acquired and maintained an extraordinary level of wasteful, misplaced and dangerous power.  Unchallenged, this force is inappropriately costing taxpayers billions of dollars and serves as one of the greatest threats to the United States of America, its people and our future.

Take, for example, the extraordinary waste of scarce public funds now being spent on faulty, even useless, weapons systems.

In recent weeks, the Wait, What? blog has documented a $13 billion aircraft carrier that can’t be effectively utilized to defend the nation and the new F-35 aircraft system that that has become the most expensive weapon in history, but remains plagued by problems that experts report will keep it from being used anytime soon.  (See:  What is wrong with Washington? Well, U.S. Navy’s new $13B aircraft carrier can’t fight…  and Federal government wastes hundreds of billions on military weapons systems that don’t work…

And now CNN is reporting that a new class of US Navy combat ships are failing to perform as designed and promised.

In an article entitled, Third breakdown in year for $360M US Navy combat ships, CNN reports;

For the third time in a year, one of the US Navy’s $360 million littoral combat ships has been knocked out of action by mechanical problems.

The latest victim is the USS Freedom, which had seawater leak into one of its two main diesel propulsion systems on July 11, according to a Navy press release.

The Navy said seawater entered the engine oil lube system through a leak in a seawater pump’s mechanical seal.

[…]

The extent of the damage — rust inside the engine — wasn’t discovered until an inspection on August 3, the Navy said.

“Based on initial assessments from the inspection, Freedom’s #2 (diesel engine) will need to be removed and rebuilt or replaced.

The expected cost to fix the new ship, $23 million…

And the problem appears to be occurring across the class of ships, with CNN adding;

The mechanical mishap on the Fort Worth came shortly after a similar mistake on its sister ship, the USS Milwaukee, which broke down in the Atlantic Ocean on December 10, less than a month after it was commissioned.

The ship had to be towed 40 miles to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia.

The Navy said at the time that metallic debris was found in filter systems in the ship, causing a loss of pressure in lubricant to gears that transfer power from the ship’s diesel and gas turbine engines to its water jet propulsion system.

The citizens of the United States deserve better.

Our elected officials are failing to hold the military-industrial complex accountable and in check.

The cost of their failure is turning our country into the greatest debtor nation on earth.

Washington can and must do better!

Please join the effort to ensure federal and state officials change their ways.

Your support and vote for my candidacy this November would send a clear and concise message about the importance of putting our nation back on track.

Your financial help would be greatly appreciated.

Jonathan Pelto
Candidate for Congress 2nd Congressional District
Green Party

To donate to Pelto 2016 go to:  Pelto for Congress 2016 or

https://pelto2016-ectgreens.nationbuilder.com/donate

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