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Just Another Facet of Obama’s Anti-Capitalist Agenda

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What with all the claiming of credit for killing bin Laden and what not, has Obama forgotten the people who truly matter?

Shed a tear for the executives at Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and the rest of the sprawling defense industry. Yes, they benefit from billions in taxpayer dollars while millions of Americans struggle to make ends meet. But they’re not getting the praise they deserve for killing Osama bin Laden. Wait, what?

That is an actual argument made by Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute, a Beltway research group that reliably represents the interests of defense contractors. Thompson wants President Obama to tip his cap to the defense companies whose hardware and software SEAL Team Six and the CIA used to kill Osama bin Laden. “[I]s it really asking too much for some sort of official acknowledgement of the role that private enterprise played in the Bin Laden raid?” Thompson asks in a Monday op-ed.

Given the Obama administration’s radical anti-capitalist agenda, it’s not wholly unreasonable to note the wide variety of equipment that helped make the raid a reality. Spencer’s response is well phrased:

Yes, the SEALs had impressive gear for the raid, from stealth helicopters to powerful satellites. But if you gave, say, me every piece of equipment that the SEALs had, I regret to inform you that bin Laden would still be alive. Louisville Slugger did not win last year’s World Series. Mario Manningham’s cleats did not keep him in bounds for one of the greatest receptions in Super Bowl history. Even the haters must recognize that LeBron James’ NBA Finals performance is not attributable to Nike or Gatorade.

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  • Malaclypse

    “[I]s it really asking too much for some sort of official acknowledgement of the role that private enterprise played in the Bin Laden raid?” Thompson asks in a Monday op-ed.

    Let us not be hasty. If we get full disclosure of the budget requirements of every weapons system, then I except that this would be a productive and fruitful discussion. In fact, a handy chart comparing the costs of various weapons programs compared to budget-busters like SNAP and LIHEAP is the sort of thing I look forward to seeing produced.

  • Joshua

    What a bunch of assholes.

    “that’s what the money is for” – Don Draper

    • Eric

      As an aside, a friend of mine was backstage after a Smashing Pumpkins show in 1993. She was a huge fan and had made some sort of bracelet or necklace for each member of the band. When she gave Billy Corgan his necklace, he sneered at her and said, “This is how it works. You give us money for a CD or a concert ticket. We play music for you. That’s all.”

      And then he turned away.

      • mark f

        It’s weird that people think that guy is some sort of asshole.

      • Anonymous

        Obligatory:

        “Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins.”

        “Homer Simpson, smiling politely.”

        • mark f

          Out on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins
          Nature’s kids, they don’t have no function
          I don’t understand what they mean and I could really give a fuck

      • Linnaeus

        Wow. I mean, I really like the Smashing Pumpkins’ music and I expect to go on liking their music, but what a jerk. That’s horrible.

  • Njorl

    Let’s not skimp on the praise. We should thank the inventors of fire, the wheel, iron …

    Perhaps James Burke could do an entire episode of “Connections” on everything that went into killing bin Laden and thank all involved.

    • Malaclypse

      I can remember indulging in various herbal substances and watching that show back in college. Good times, good times…

    • Anonymous

      And Henry Bessemer will finally get the Congressional Medal of Honor he so richly deserves.

    • NBarnes

      James Burke deserves better. Burke has chunks of guys like Thompson in his stool.

    • wjts

      Inventors? It was gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces that did all the work.

  • DocAmazing

    Would we, the taxpayers, get a discount on, say, F-35s if they put Lockheed-Martin logos on the wings?

    • Cody

      This is the best idea I’ve heard today! I demand that our military be operated in a more corporate manner. It seems costs could easily be reduced if we worked out some kind of advertisement deal.

      Perhaps if the fatigues had sewn on advertisements for whichever company is willing to subsidize the unit – a Quaker Oatmeal unit perhaps to fight the good fight on the frontlines!?

      • George Fox

        a Quaker Oatmeal unit perhaps to fight the good fight on the frontlines!?

        Irony is even more dead than I am.

        • rea

          After all, it is the cereal that’s shot from guns!

          • joe from Lowell

            I’m picturing a cartoon with the Quaker Oats guy blasting away with a cereal-gun at a group of smiling children holding out their bowls to be filled.

            “New Quaker Oat Crunch will blow you away!”

          • Malaclypse

            “We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons inferior breakfast cereal, for any end, or under any pretence whatsoever; and this is our testimony to the whole world. The spirit of Christ Capitalism, by which we are guided, is not changeable, so as once to command us from a thing as evil and again to move unto it; and we do certainly know, and so testify to the world, that the spirit of Christ Capitalism, which leads us into all Truth, will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons that do not truley kick ass, neither for the kingdom of Christ, nor for the kingdoms of this world because America Fuck Yea!”

          • Some Guy

            There goes a boy with a green mouth
            He’s a Puffed Grass eater!

      • Davis X. Machina

        ManPower could provide the manpower. And they’re worldwide, which could mean significant savings.

        • DrDick

          Just privatize the whole thing and let Xe do it!

      • Ken

        And Target Stores could supply all the uniforms!

        • DocAmazing

          Oooh. Not the best logo for a combat uniform…

  • bradp

    Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

    Unless, of course, its bad people getting killed, then guns actually kill people.

    • rea

      Or unless you are a Republican Congressperson, then it’s the guns Holder lost rack of that kill people.

      • bradp

        That’s one of those “stopped clock” scenarios, IMO.

        • DrDick

          Except that it was a Bush administration program that Holder shut down.

          • bradp

            It appears that this administration’s DOJ knowingly continued the policy. It also appears that they are going out of their way to keep information on the program from coming to light.

            • Malaclypse

              Interesting that Issa did not see any reason to subpoena Alberto Gonzales or Michael Mukasey. I cannot for the life of me understand why he would not do that.

              • bradp

                Are you arguing that nobody should be investigated if some who are responsible aren’t investigated?

                • Malaclypse

                  I’m arguing that if it is not worth asking questions of the people who started the fucking thing, then whatever this is a request for, information is not it.

                • bradp

                  Fair enough, I agree with you on that.

                • DrDick

                  Mal also get to the heart of my point as well. This is clearly a political witch hunt, regardless of whether Holder “knowingly” let it continue (which I think is a problematic framing).

    • DocAmazing

      Or in Texas, if the guns are connected to the DOJ.

  • TT

    Shorter Loren Thompson: “Wonderboy! And, oh, what a bat it is!”

  • c u n d gulag

    You’re ALL wrong!

    GOD deserves all of the credit!!!

    Isn’t HE, after all, who helped us evolve grow in 6,000 years, from the eaters of fruits given to us by serpent’s, into the MOST EXCEPTIONALIST NATION EVAH!!!

    And wasn’t it HE, who gave us his only Son, so that we could use him as a justification to develop more and better weapons to ‘kill the others?’

    GOD killed Obama Osama!!!

    • Eric

      Let’s stick with the reality based community. The Big Bang, or whatever caused that, deserves all the credit.

  • Halloween Jack

    How about that chopper that crashed? Would the contractors have taken responsibility if everything had gone Operation Eagle Claw on them?

  • mark f

    I’m surprised Corey hasn’t appeared to call you smug yet.

  • Alan Tomlinson

    Shorter (whatever the fuck his name is):

    “Where’s my blowjob? I want a blowjob Goddamnit!”

    Cheers,

    Alan Tomlinson

    P.S. My answer to his plaintive cry, “just put your dick in this hole right here. That grinding sound? Don’t worry about it, just put your dick in there. I guarantee that you will feel different immediately.”

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