Tin Soldiers and Nixon's coming.
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming
four dead in Ohio
Gotta get down to it
soldiers are gunning us down
should of been done long ago
what if you knew her and found her dead on the ground
how can you run when you know?
We all know the words of this
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young tune.
but I never really knew why the soldiers were tin.
Now I do.
If this story in today's New York Times
doesn't scare the hairy Beejeesus out of you,
You need a transfusion.
The robot soldier is coming.
A New Model Army Soldier Rolls Closer to Battle
By TIM WEINER
Published: February 16, 2005
The American military is working on a new generation of soldiers, far different from the army it has.
"They don't get hungry," said Gordon Johnson of the Joint Forces Command at the Pentagon.
"They're not afraid.
They don't forget their orders.
They don't care if the guy next to them has just been shot.
Will they do a better job than humans?
The Pentagon predicts that robots will be a major fighting force in the American military in less than a decade, hunting and killing enemies in combat. Robots are a crucial part of the Army's effort to rebuild itself as a 21st-century fighting force, and a $127 billion project called Future Combat Systems is the biggest military contract in American history.
The military plans to invest tens of billions of dollars in automated armed forces. The costs of that transformation will help drive the Defense Department's budget up almost 20 percent, from a requested $419.3 billion for next year to $502.3 billion in 2010, excluding the costs of war. The annual costs of buying new weapons is scheduled to rise 52 percent, from $78 billion to $118.6 billion.
First of all, if we spent this money on developing advanced technologies
that enrich all of our lives, like on power paints or windpower,
We wouldn't have to defend those finite resources we're fighting for.
But get a grip,
spending this kind of money on War
Remember, this is supposed to be the Defense Department.
Not the Offense Department.
And spare me the sports metaphors.
The US could better defend itself
by making itself essential to the well being of Earth.
Now, before you think that sparing the blood of our own is a good thing,
Remember, that the thing that generally stops war
When war is so costly, and so ruinous, and so full of death,
the War generally stops.
And Kaisers and Kings start talking instead.
World War I is a good example.
If the Empire can strike without risking the blood of its citizens.
Its leaders become drunk with power, and
It becomes an evil empire.
I saw the Movie.