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It’s Baaaack….The New Cold War Comes to Washington

In Chicken Hawks and Other War Birds, Cronatos Hybamper, Defense Spending, Espionage, Nuclear Weapons and War, Putin, Russia, Trump, War and Rumors of War on September 3, 2017 at 7:37 pm

 

Cloud earth in space

Just when you thought the elementary school-yard back and forth was over, a New Cold War has broken out.

Cold wars are good for the military-industrial complex, the national-security-consulting-complex, and the careers of professional politicians.

However, the inconvenient thing about cold wars is that they have every potential to go hot. I was of a generation that sweated through the last Cold War and the era of Dr. Strangelove.

That thought crossed my mind as I walked past the Russian Trade mission in Washington this morning and saw that it was occupied by … United States Secret Service uniformed police officers. Poo-tee-wheet, poo-tee-wheet, as Kurt Vonnegut wrote.

So, I made a little video to commemorate the occasion.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

The Latest Aircraft Carrier is a rowboat

In Chicken Hawks and Other War Birds, Corruption, Cronatos Hybamper, Defense Spending, Ethics in Washington, Expendable Youth, Political Satire, politics, True Patriotism, War and Rumors of War, Washington Bureaucracy on January 9, 2017 at 3:11 pm

carrier-landing

“Now, the job we and the military writ large face is going to require funding. And lots of it. Don’t be afraid to ask for it. And don’t be shy about the numbers. We’ll get our foot into the door and shove it open from there. Those expensive experts are going to help us, whether they know it or not. Think big! If it helps, General, think of Cronatos Hybamper as chump change, lint in your pocket. The latest nuclear aircraft carrier is a rowboat. Understood?”

“Yes, sir.”

The Secretary nodded and smiled. General Sanders was like a hound on a new bone. He would be the perfect fulcrum at—what was the man always calling it—“the serendipitous yet decisive axis of intersecting strategic forces?” Gus Scoggins settled back into the limousine’s cushioned seat. It’s just wonderful, he thought, how God, apple pie, the axis of intersecting strategic forces, and the American security interest have a way of magically coming together in a way that helps those who help themselves to it.

From Cronatos Hybamper –An Extraordinary Incident by Tom Diaz

Secretary of Defense Gus Scoggins, the focus of the quoted passage from my novel Cronatos Hybamper, knew jack about things military when he was offered the post of Secretary of Defense. But he did understand how to make money out of opportunity. He was, after all, one of the richest men in America.

The new Secretary of Defense was happy to leave the strategic thinking to the generals, men like General Sanders, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. What Scoggins saw clearly was that the Department of Defense is like a massive seed corn silo. And when the troubling, extraordinary incident spotted by Cronatos Hybamper came along, he was ready to take a giant shovel and start spreading the gullible taxpayers’ wealth among his friends in the technology-defense-industrial-mega-complex.

Scoggins knew that what goes around in defense funding circles would come back around to him and his many money interests sooner or later.

Read more about Scoggins and his wonderful tax milking machine in the novel. You can read a sample by clicking on the link below.

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