Sunday, May 3, 2015
#123 / Better Angels #2
This smiling guy is Ashton Carter. He is the United States Secretary of "Defense." The quotation marks are there for a purpose. Click the link to see my reasoning. A more appropriate title for Carter might be "Secretary of Military Procurement."
On April 23rd, the Los Angeles Times reported that Carter came to the Silicon Valley, home of high-tech innovation, to "ask the Silicon Valley for help."
The Times noted that Carter "didn't say what he'd offer in return. He didn't have to. Allusions to patriotism were made, and Carter nodded to everyone's desire to make the world a better place. Left undiscussed were the billions of dollars the 'Defense' Department and other agencies are ready to shower on the technology industry." Here's a link to the article.
Whatever your personal position might be on the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth, I hope you will agree with me that he was an acute observer, and that the following quotation from Matthew 6:21 contains a profound sociological insight: "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
If Jesus is right about that, and I personally believe he is, that means that "money buys allegiance." Our "Defense" Department is going to turn the best and the brightest into those "Masters of War" that Bob Dylan sang about.
Are we really happy about the development of Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWs - see yesterday's posting)? Well, we can't build them without high-tech.
Point Two to Gray.