Cap Times, October 2, 2019 – Brian Benford
Dear Editor: So, my congressman wants the Air Force to conduct a study comparing the noise levels from the F-35s with the current fleet of F-16s. This is his remedy in lieu of taking a principled stand against war.
My U.S. senator has utterly failed on what I believe to be a most fundamental, social justice issue — trying to alleviate violence and war.
I am sickened that we as a so called “progressive” community have developed a false dependency on fielding a military base in our midst. We have degraded to the point that we cannot see past economic promise to recognize that both fleets (F-16s and F-35s) are designed to indiscriminately kill and maim (mostly brown-skinned people in far off lands).
I have witnessed many local anti-war protests (attended by current and past political leaders) over the years condemning unjust wars, yet some of these politicians can now stand by idly while using deflection to pacify and deceive us. I find it rather ironic that the military uses the term “beddown.” This issue has allowed those that I thought were good progressive leaders to beddown with other well-known, dastardly, elected leaders that have consistently supported a dangerous military-industrial complex and war mongering.