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  •  Not sure what to make of that. (2+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye, markthshark

    It could cut both ways.  We don't want "revolving door" military in Congress.  On the other hand, we do want principled ex-military, because frequently they're the only ones with the guts to call bullshit on the Military-Industrial Complex, and to actually work to take it down.

    •  I was just making an observation... (1+ / 0-)
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      not a judgment.

      If I was to make a judgment I'd probably agree with you. We need a firsthand perspective on military matters in Congress. But not all military perspectives. What we need is the perspective of actual participants in the fighting, the "grunts" if you will -- as opposed to members of the military hierarchy -- the generals and such. The latter would bring to Congress already-established relationships with the corporate world, i.e., the MIC you spoke of.

      I doubt we have much to worry about the latter much. Although there have been exceptions to the rule, if history is any indication, the higher-ups in the Military presumably consider holding congressional office as a couple steps down in status from where they're at when they retire from the military.

      Besides, why go to Congress when you could go for a kush, consulting job at a big defense contractor -- or -- a senior level policy head or a high-level agency/cabinet position in Washington?

      "Anyone with an aquarium knows that if you change the temperature and chemistry of the water, you're asking for trouble... big trouble." -- Oceanographer David Gallo

      by markthshark on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 06:49:11 PM PDT

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