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6,691. Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms. (Intelligence & Military) Groucho Marx
29,130. Senator Levin, you and other Democrats in the Congress have voiced fears that you simply don’t have enough for the large increases in defense that the Pentagon is seeking, especially for missile defense. Does this sort of thing convince you that an emergency exists in this country to increase defense spending? (United States & Military & Arms & War on Terror) Donald Rumsfeld berating Senator Carl Levin, then Senate Armed Services Committee chairman evening of 9/11
29,274. Military spending would cover more than 50% of the US budget for the rest of the 1950s. (United States & Military & Empire US) Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States V: The 50s: Eisenhower, The Bomb & the Third World
29,322. The United States had been blaming social and political upheaval on the Soviet Union for the previous forty-six years ... The bloated Military Budget v Peace Dividend. (United States & Soviet Union & Military & Empire US) Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States IX: Bush and Clinton – American Triumphalism – New World Order
33,672. It is time for us to start a build-up, a rebuilding of the military might of America. (Reagan & Military & United States of America) Ronald Reagan
34,275. For no amount of arms and armies can help stabilize those governments which are unable or unwilling to achieve social and economic reform and development. Military pacts cannot help nations whose social injustice and economic chaos invite insurgency and penetration and subversion. (Kennedy & Army & Military) John F Kennedy, speech joint session of Congress May 1961
35,798. The arms industry is enjoying one of the most rewarding times thanks to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the meantime the Pentagon’s budget has risen to over $400,000,000,000 per year. That’s more than four times the amount the Neo-Conservatives ever dreamed in the year 2000. (Pentagon & Arms & Military) The New American Century
48,438. If we had to play by the normal economic rules, we would have a normal sized military, not a massive global military which is larger than the next twenty nations combined, which is what we have right now. So if the dollar loses its status as the world reserve currency, that is the pillar that underpins American supremacy, then the military pillar, which is the other pillar of American supremacy, will fall away as well. (Oil & Dollar & Foreign Relations: US & Empire: US & Military) William Clark, author Petrodollar Warfare
48,452. You’re all being fed this bullshit that we’ve reached Peak Oil. That we’re running out of oil ... There is more oil on this planet than we know what to do with. One of the whole purposes of the Gulf Wars was to keep the Iraqi oil in the ground. ’Cause there is so much oil in Iraq that when Saddam was running the show there the concern was that Saddam, because he had so much oil, would put it on the market, and keep the price suppressed. And the US needs a high price in oil because oil is still currently just about traded in US dollars. And they need other countries to have US dollars so that they can buy US goods – arms. The US only has one product that it manufactures today in any volume – arms. Military equipment. That’s why the US needs war. It needs war because that’s the only industry that it’s got. (Oil & Iraq & Arms & Dollar & Military & War & War on Terror & Empire US) Ian R Crane, New World Order lecture Liverpool 2008
28,445. The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force. (United States & Army & Military) Thomas Jefferson
63,717. Military budget is simply an enormous pork barrel of special privilege, the privileges taking the form of windfall profits, of no-risk profits and, most importantly, of enormous outlays of capital supplied by the Pentagon to arms contractors. (Arms & Military & Defence) William Karp
81,089. What chiefly governs the military budget is the need to spend enormous sums of money in a useless way. The allegedly powerful Pentagon is simply a receptacle for wasteful expenditure, just as a city dump is the receptacle for the refuse of a city. (Military & Pentagon) Walter Karp
72,851. Can our shrinking military keep Britain safe? We ask if defence cuts have allowed Russia to move its forces ever closer to our coast. A former head of special forces dismisses the government’s key plan to replace regular soldiers with part-timers. (Defence & Military & Soldier & Foreign Relations UK) Dispatches: Britain's Defence Squeeze, Channel 4 2015
72,852. The Royal Navy seemed to be a little short of ships. (Defence & Military & Soldier & Foreign Relations UK & Navy & Ship) ibid.
72,853. Almost as many admirals as there are warships. (Defence & Military & Soldier & Foreign Relations UK & Navy & Ship) ibid.
81,086. This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor ... This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them! Albert Einstein
81,087. When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one. Leonard Matlovich, attributed
81,088. Militarism ... is fetish worship. It is the prostration of men’s souls and the laceration of their bodies to appease an idol. R H Tawney, The Acquisitive Society 1921
81,090. Military Intelligence as a contradiction in terms. (Military & Intelligence) Groucho Marx
81,091. It’s one of the most prestigious military academies in the world where cutting edge technology converges with battle-proven tradition. America's Book of Secrets: West Point s1e9, History 2012
81,092. Where did Richard Cox go on the night he disappeared? ... Westpoint’s only missing cadet. ibid.
81,093. What becomes of the other 60%? ibid.
81,094. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. Martin Luther King junior
81,095. The US military, unlike any other, maintains a doctrine of global power projection: that it should have the ability, through roughly 800 overseas military bases, to intervene with deadly force absolutely anywhere on the planet. In a way, though, land forces are secondary; at least since World War II, the key to US military doctrine has always been a reliance on air power. The United States has fought no war in which it did not control the skies, and it has relied on aerial bombardment far more systematically than any other military – in its recent occupation of Iraq, for instance, even going so far as to bomb residential neighborhoods of cities ostensibly under its own control. The essence of US military predominance in the world is, ultimately, the fact that it can, at will, drop bombs, with only a few hours’ notice, at absolutely any point on the surface of the planet. No other government has ever had anything remotely like this sort of capability. In fact, a case could well be made that it is this very power that holds the entire world monetary system, organized around the dollar, together. (Military & Empire US) David Graeber, Debt: The First 5000 Years, 2011