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John Noonan @noonanjo
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We now live in an era of “everything must validate my politics.”

So let’s talk about how The Last Jedi is a profound treatise on the follies slashing your defense budget.

Spoiler warning and don’t you @ me. You asked for this, Twitter.
The Resistance had 4 capital ships and two squadrons of fighters when their base was evacuated. The hell, Galatic Republic? Did your intelligence fail to the point that you missed The First Order building planet sized lasers and 37 mile long Star Destroyers!?
Want to slash your intelligence budget? See what it gets you.

Planet sized lasers and 37 mile long Star Destroyers, you hopeless dopes, that’s what!

What the hell did you blow the Republic discretionary budget on? Sullustian poetry slams?
And where was your R&D budget? You sent an X-Wing and a squadron of bombers against a ship the size of the lower tri-state area.

And those bombers, in an era of light speed travel, moved like a Ford Pinto and relied on gravity to drop their bombs for some reason! In space.
So now you have one Cruiser and a flying hospital left against First Order fleet that holds tens of thousands of Star Systems. Systems that you held for 30 years

Meanwhile one of your dopey NCOs is in some space casino blathering about an evil military space industrial complex
I don’t know why we had to listen to Military procurement advice from someone who went to Space Vassar and seems to be for destroying the First Order while being against the tools to do it.
Hey maybe with a properly funded 30-year shipbuilding budget you would’ve had more than 4 ships, 400 troops (and uh.. two flag officers for some reason).

In the military, we have a term for some who commands 400 troops. A Captain.
A little RTD&E funding and you may not have been tracked through hyperspace.

Sure, Space Lockheed would call that $900 fix a 20-character name and charge you 400% for it.

But at least you could hide and maybe have more than 13 troops to cover the entire galaxy by the credits
(Side note about the bombers— a PERFECT case study about the importance of a new nuclear long range standoff option. See how forcing your bombers directly over a target makes you lose bombers?)
I can envision the debates in the Galatic Senate...

‘the Soviet Union ahem *Empire* is gone. They’ll never come back! No need for a big military anymore! Let’s dump all the money into Space Pell Grants!’
How about importance of higher military education?

Like maybe a Space War College where you remind your Resistance officers that a frontal assault on AT-ATs was tried at Hoth and failed miserably.

You have an agility edge you dorks! Even the Egyptians understood how to flank!
.@rianjohnson you’re brilliant. You did all that dopey arms control stuff as a sop to critics.

But we know what The Last Jedi’s message *really* was — a powerful treatise in support of rebuilding the US military. I salute you!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
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