Win/Win? More on the Problem of Permawar and “Good Jobs” in California

by Joe Scarry of Scarry Thoughts blog.

Yesterday I wrote about the drone industry in California, and the difficulty of putting a stop to a military technology that holds the allure of “good jobs.”

The drone industry in the U.S. is currently centered in the San Diego area, home of General Atomics. But the area just north of Los Angeles is an equally important source of “good” military aerospace jobs.

See for instance the video that is being used as part of the #SaveDefense campaign on Twitter. A leading proponent of #SaveDefense — i.e. “save defense spending” — is Buck McKeon, representative from California’s 25th congressional district. McKeon also happens to be co-chair of the 50-plus-member Unmanned Systems Caucus in Congress.

I was particularly struck by the statement in the video that military aerospace jobs offer a “nice American win/win type of situation.” I wonder if the person speaking considered — for even a moment! — the victims of U.S. military action.

I suspect he didn’t, so I offer here some images and text about civilian victims of a recent U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan:

Both President Hamid Karzai and NATO commanders ordered an investigation on Sunday into reports that a family of eight had been killed in a coalition airstrike in eastern Afghanistan. NATO and Afghan provincial government officials gave somewhat divergent accounts of the episodes. The casualties took place in eastern Paktia Province on Saturday night when the family’s home was hit by a bomb, said Rohullah Samoon, a spokesman for the governor of Paktia. Six children were killed, four boys and two girls, as well as their mother and father, whose name was Safiullah.

(More at Inquiry Ordered Into Deaths of Afghan Family.)

My prediction? When we ultimately stop thinking like “Americans” and instead recognize that we must think as fellow human beings, the “win” and “good” in those military aerospace jobs is going evaporate before our eyes.

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