“Wooly Bully”

Wooly

“Matty told Hatty about a thing she saw.
Had two big horns and a wooly
jaw.”

“Wooly Bully” – Sam the Sham (June 1965)

Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Vladimir Putin may pugnaciously posture with a scary pit bull stare, but the top ten bullies on my scorecard don’t have Russian names.

They even pretend to be a friend.

They are Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Halliburton, BAE Systems, United Technologies, Huntington Ingalls Industries and SAIC, Incorporated.

They steal billions of our collective lunch money every year with a time-honored scheme unbelievably simple and perfectly legal.

They hire thousands of lobbyists recruited from top military decision makers, important congressional staffers and duly elected public officials, thereby providing a sweet payoff for “good behavior” over decades of unspoken, unwritten complicity in advancing and approving costly new weapons systems and associated schemes, rarely critical and often completely unneeded. That’s just for openers.

One thing they do quite well is frighten us out of our wits, often succeeding to an astounding degree. And they keep FOX News viewers glued to their flat screens or old-fashioned boob tubes, confirming every comforting suspicion.

Right now, these lobbyists are pushing the insane notion that the new proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2015 will reduce our military strength to a level not seen since before World War Two, ignoring the fact that 21st Century warfare operates with completely different dynamics. Global troop strength will be reduced by 9.2% with the active-duty Army trimmed from 520,000 to 450,000, the Army National Guard moving from 355,000 to 335,000 and Army Reserves drawing down to 195,000 soldiers — 10,000 less than currently participate.

Here’s current Mississippi Senator (R) and probable future Lobbyist Roger Wicker –
“Amid Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, President Obama is proposing defense cuts that could jeopardize the future vitality and preparedness of America’s armed forces. At a time for demonstrating “peace through strength”, the President’s budget blueprint instead suggests America is on retreat.”

Are you kidding me?

Consider this one critical FACT:

Even with the reductions outlined above, the total United States Military Budget for fiscal year 2015 will still be larger than the next DOZEN nations of the world COMBINED.
According to the highly regarded Stockholm International Institute, 2013 expenditures around the world looked like this:

The United States —- 1,753 Billion Dollars
People’s Republic of China – 682 Billion.
Russia —— 90 Billion
The United Kingdom – 61 Billion
Japan – 59 Billion.
France – 58 Billion
Saudi Arabia – 56 Billion
India – 46 Billion
Germany – 45 Billion
Italy – 34 Billion
Brazil – 33 Billion
South Korea – 32 Billion

If size matters, Putin’s present purchasing punch is approximately five percent of our own. We’re twenty times bigger. Ouch. Indeed, we spent more last year in Afghanistan alone than the entire Russian military budget on everything they’ve been involved with, including outer space.

The day we can simply “send in the jets” and have our way in the world has long since disappeared – if it ever existed in the first place.

As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates properly observed last year at the Dwight David Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas – “Does the number of warships we have and are building really put America at risk when the U.S. battle fleet is larger than the next 13 navies combined – 11 of which are our partners and allies?”

President Eisenhower, the only general elected to our nation’s highest office in the 20th Century and victorious Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War Two, warned against the dangers of a powerful “military-industrial complex” threatening our American way of life in his famed “Farewell Address” to the nation on January 17, 1961.

In this last public speech of his phenomenal career, Eisenhower also stressed: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense, a theft. The cost of one modern, heavy bomber is this: a modern, brick school in more than 30 cities.” And then he thoughtfully added: “Together, we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms – but with intellect and decent purpose.”

With those words, it’s not difficult imagining “Ike” fondly recalling his formative childhood days faithfully attending weekly Sunday School in old Abilene.

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

Matthew 5:9.

10 Responses to ““Wooly Bully””

  1. Charles Walker Says:

    How about this suggestion, Peter C…let’s eliminate dump our defense budget and let the Canadians, British, French, Germans and Italians take over. We’ve been taking care of the “Free World” too long. Let someone else do it for a change.

  2. Bill Hennes Says:

    What a great article. As Dylan wrote and sang, “The Times They Are A Changin'”….It is time to pot our money into the problems at home, in the good old USA!

    • Charles Walker Says:

      Bill hits the nail on the head! Let’s keep our money at home and shut down those bullies on Peter C’s list. Of course there will be a lot of folks out of work but they can get jobs with Tesla and Solyndra. It’ll be OK! Wait’ll ol’ Putin comes up against those French and the Italians! He’ll be hightailing it for the Caucasus with flames of fear shooting out of his ass.

  3. petercavanaugh Says:

    Nurse? I believe Walker’s on the roof smoking opium. Again.

  4. Charles Walker Says:

    Seriously, Peter C, what do you think of my suggestion? Don’t you think we should turn over our security to the Canadians and the Italians and convert our defense industry to producing windmills and solar panels? I mean, come on…we’ve got those two big oceans protecting us…America should come First!

  5. petercavanaugh Says:

    Doctor?” Up Charlie’s Thorazine to 2g. Hourly.

  6. Dave Smart Says:

    I dont think there was ever a time that we really had our way by “send(ing) in the jets”. It’s just that the MIC, every now and then has to do something to just slightly justify spending over a trillion dollars a year. And we still do it, except these days we send in the drones.

  7. petercavanaugh Says:

    Dave? If you might find time, it would be most appreciated if you would explain to poor Charles that he is too confused to adequately track. Ask him if he might be willing to fill out a log for us.

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