Saving Private Raytheon

More cash rations for heroic arms dealers: Congress races to pass $40B Ukraine aid package.

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21 Responses to Saving Private Raytheon

  1. twostix says:

    20 billion of that will go right into the pockets of the vast leftwing soft-power apparatus. Thousands of NGO’s, “movements”, “action groups”, political parties, opinion leaders, opinion influencers, fake media companies, youtube channels, twitter bot farms, fake startups, etc all over the world will surprise! find they are funded for another ten years.

  2. Not Trampis says:

    err it is a government to government deal. you have to pay dosh to arms dealers.

    Is it possible at all for you to be accurate.

  3. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “20 billion of that will go right into the pockets of the vast leftwing soft-power apparatus. Thousands of NGO’s, “movements”, “action groups”, political parties, opinion leaders, opinion influencers, fake media companies, youtube channels, twitter bot farms, fake startups, etc all over the world will surprise! find they are funded for another ten years.”

    Yep.

  4. Lee says:

    Correct, twostix.

    Eisenhower will be turning in his grave.

  5. and says:

    Justin Sane will be sending state-of-the-art flag-raising technology to Ukraine:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb4WzeL45Rc
    (2 min video)
    .

  6. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    err it is a government to government deal.

    Does it include the usual 10% for the “Big Guy”? Can you prove that there is absolutely nothing ever, ever creamed off from a “government to government deal”?

  7. Not Trampis says:

    Deplorables really have no idea.

    As I said it is government to government deal no money involved unless the US pays European governments for their weapons which is unlikely. They did say US weapons

    Boofhead you do know Biden has released his tax returns. you do know the FBI can investigate people’s bank accounts as well. you do know they can investigate any foreign currency transactions.

    you didn’t which is why you made those allegations. Why do deplorables show us just how ignorant they are every day.

  8. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    F*ckwits have no idea.

    As I said it is government to government deal no money involved

    The US arms manufacturers are doing all this for love of Ukraine? There have never been any financial scandals involving arms manufacturers or politicians? Never been 10% for the “Big Guy”? No-one has ever managed to conceal income? Dream on, stupid.

    Boofhead you do know Biden has released his tax returns.

    ROFLMAO!

    This is how so-called “progressives” show us how ignorant they are every day.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Raytheon’s mate Lockheed will be happy too.

    Lockheed, aiming to double Javelin production, seeks supply chain ‘crank up’ (9 May)

    As for the baby formula thing as Indolent posted at Dover’s today the FDA is keeping the biggest US baby formula plant closed for strange and seemingly specious reasons. These days most of the chaos in the world seems to be traceable back to three letter agencies.

  10. Baba says:

    The good news is that world hunger has apparently disappeared in the two weeks since Musk bought Twitter.

  11. Entropy says:

    I reckon homer is a economic rationalist pretending to be a lefty for laughs.

    And the trollz.

  12. Fat Tony says:

    Easy, we’re in the looting treasury phase of imperial collapse.

    When Pedo Joe got in, I said his mission was to loot & root the USA.
    He is doing this extremely well.

    His masters don’t want the USA as a functional country for them to rule – the rest of the world is big enough. They want the USA totally destroyed as a functional country – bankrupt, racial wars, civil wars, COVID “vaccinations”….

  13. Tel says:

    Raytheon’s mate Lockheed will be happy too.

    You must admit that the Javelins are quote versatile and do actually work.

    They are a short range weapon that gives infantry some pushback against armour and helicopters, and therefore an intrinsically democratic weapon (by the definition George Orwell used).

    https://archive.org/stream/YouAndTheAtomicBomb-English-GeorgeOrwell/orwellomb_djvu.txt

    And though I have no doubt exceptions can be brought forward, I think the following rule would be found generally true: that ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will tend to be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance. Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons.

    Once the Chinese make a cheap Javelin knock off, and the Vietnamese make an even cheaper knock off of that, and the Lebanese start shipping them to everywhere across the world, the balance of power will shift away from big hulking complex machines to small, simple and efficient machines … that’s significant, and possibly good for libertarians.

  14. Jannie says:

    Once the Chinese make a cheap Javelin knock off, and the Vietnamese make an even cheaper knock off of that, and the Lebanese start shipping them to everywhere across the world, the balance of power will shift away from big hulking complex machines to small, simple and efficient machines … that’s significant, and possibly good for libertarians.

    Maybe, but possibly not good for airplanes in general if the Green Action extremists get their hands on them. Saving the Planet.

  15. C.L. says:

    Fascinating essay by Orwell, Tel.

    For forty or fifty years past, Mr. H.G. Wells and others have been warning us that man is in danger of destroying himself with his own weapons, leaving the ants or some other gregarious species to take over. Anyone who has seen the ruined cities of Germany will find this notion at least thinkable. Nevertheless, looking at the world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery.

    Mmm.

  16. C.L. says:

    Surely the Javelin can’t be that complicated.
    Then again, if these stinger-type ‘guns’ were easily made, there would already be versions everywhere. I guess it comes down to the point Orwell makes about organisational and manufacturing infrastructure being needed. A 303 is very simple too but I couldn’t make one.
    Big Pharma and Big Arma – licences (literally) to print money.

    I read somewhere the other day that the last few years have seen the largest transfer of wealth to a minority elite possibly ever.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Well they’re not cheap. A quarter million USD each. So there must be some pretty sophisticated stuff inside of them.

    The Ukrainian guys have tended to prefer the NLAW, which is lighter and easier to use. Cheaper too, at $40,000.

    The numbers are just from the wikis.

  18. Not Trampis says:

    to primary school drop outs out there.
    government have promised arms etc to Ukraine not money. Most are sending their own arms but some like us are paying European Governments to ship their arms to Ukraine.
    They are sending arms etc from their own defence forces. There is NO middle men.

    I was right the boofhead di not realise biden released his own tax returns.

    By the way why would anyone call biden the big guy. He is not obese like trump he is thin. He aint big.

  19. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    I was right the boofhead di not realise biden released his own tax returns.

    I was right, the boofhead seriously thinks that no-one ever cheats on his tax return, especially when dealing with corrupt income. I wonder has the fool heard of offshore banks in places that offer secrecy? Probably not.

    Worse than a moron!

    By the way why would anyone call biden the big guy. He is not obese like trump he is thin. He aint big.

    Dunno, ask Bunter, he uses the term. Maybe he is referring to Daddy’s powerful position?

    You really do suffer from a stupid level of literalism (but only when it is convenient as a means to cover up a previous stupid comment).

    Drongo.

  20. Tel says:

    Biden’s tax returns don’t explain where those millions came from.

    https://thefederalist.com/2022/04/06/joe-bidens-released-tax-returns-dont-explain-millions-in-income-where-did-it-come-from/

    Recall that despite then-presidential candidate Biden having bragged that he had released his tax returns with what his team called “a historic level of transparency,” the truth is that he only released his individual returns. Those returns provided no detail regarding the source of most of his income, dollars that flowed to him and his wife Jill by way of S-corporations they set up shortly after his departure from the office of vice president. Those entities, CelticCapri Corp (his) and Giacoppa Corp (hers), contained more than $13 million of the $17 million the couple had reported in income after Biden left office, most of it in the first year (2017).

    The same media that ignored Hunter’s laptop has shown a complete incuriosity about these entities, accepting the premise that Joe and Jill raked in $13 million from their book deal to generate their huge increase in income. We simply don’t know if that’s true, though. What we do know is that their book sales were dismal.

    Perhaps sensing smoke starting to build just before the election, USA Today published a “fact check” piece that attempted to support that the Bidens earned “$15.6 million … from speaking fees and book deals” in the years 2017 through 2019 and that “more than $10 million of that total income was profits from Biden’s memoir ‘Promise Me, Dad’ and $3 million in profits from Jill Biden’s book.”

    Apparently the IRS are not overly curious … they went down the normal checklist:
    * Tea Party? No
    * Conservative Not-for-profit? No
    * Ever doubted Fauci? No
    * Wait a moment, are you Christian? Oh I see it’s in name only … that’s a pass.

    No problems Mr Biden Sir, this is all in order … you have a good day now, and if you have any extra hard drives, just drop them in the shredder near the door on your way out.

  21. Tel says:

    Well they’re not cheap. A quarter million USD each. So there must be some pretty sophisticated stuff inside of them.

    How often does the Pentagon get audited? Who ordered the most recent audit and how well did that balance?

    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to notice there’s a lot of padding built into ya typical US military contract. However, technology does usually have a “trickle down” effect … for example mobile phones used to cost a fortune when they first came out … but now they are available quite cheaply if you only want a basic model (which still does more than the original brick phones).

    Over time, enough competitors move into the game that the high price is simply forced down. Sweden was once a mighty military power, and although Saab has struggled to remain relevant against the big boys, they never gave up. In principle, Australia could be doing every bit as well as Saab is doing … but in practice we have had a lot of false starts and failures trying to achieve that.

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