James Stavridis: A Navy Admiral’s Thoughts on Global Security
Stavridis is articulate and engaging, but he fails to be persuasive. His abuse of the term “open-source” is off-putting, and his obvious inclination towards exercising hard military might makes it hard to take his peaceful alternatives seriously. Yes, there are hospital ships manned by public and private sector collaborations, and yes there are military efforts to help Afghani citizens read; but not once in this talk did Stavridis mention the overwhelming destructive role our military plays in global security.
Collateral Murder. Drone strikes on weddings, hotels, villages and cities. An Iraqi civilian death toll equivalent to a 9/11 every two months for ten years. Plus, if we’re talking “open-source security” you’ve gotta add SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA to that list. As well as unauthorized crackdowns on Occupy protests, an irrational commitment to the War on Personal Freedom (errr I mean Drugs), and increasing militarization of our domestic police force.
PS, fuck you. That is all.