Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, September 07, 2023

The British billionaire-owned newspaper The Telegraph has an appalling new article out which reads like a paid advertisement for a missile manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The title even sounds like it was written by a marketing team: "A war-winning swarm missile will knock China out of Taiwan"fast", subtitled "Rapid Dragon is a military gamechanger that provides the US Air Force with a crucial edge in the Pacific". The article is written by a war propagandist named David Axe, whose work I have written about before. His covert advertorial for Lockheed Martin's JASSM missile revolves around the findings of a study by the military industrial complex-funded think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), who you'll be shocked and astonished and surprised and stunned to learn lists the Lockheed Martin Corporation as one of its top donors.


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Needless to say, David Axe makes no mention of this extreme conflict of interest anywhere in his exuberant prose celebrating the wonders of this new piece of technology in what is falsely presented as an objective news article intended to educate and inform.


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The MIC alive and well in Britain and the US.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2023-09-07 07:14 PM | Reply

The original headline and content of the article (it reads more like an OpEd) is...

A war-winning missile will knock China out of Taiwan -- fast

... Rapid Dragon is a military gamechanger that provides the US Air Force with a crucial edge in the Pacific

When analysts from the Center for Strategic and International Studies ran a series of war games simulating a Chinese invasion of Taiwan last year, they learned something surprising. The games indicated that the US Air Force, fighting nearly alone after the destruction of much of the US Navy, could almost single-handedly destroy the Chinese invasion force.

The key to this simulated aerial victory was a missile: the Lockheed Martin-made Joint Air-to-Surface Strike Missile, or JASSM. It's a stealthy and highly accurate cruise missile that can range hundreds of miles from its launching warplane. There are long-range versions of the JASSM and a specialised anti-ship version, too -- and the USAF and its sister services are buying thousands of the missiles for billions of dollars. ...

What's yer point?

That there is a military-industrial complex in the United States? Please, I've been saying that since my college days (the 1970's, btw).

Really, what's the point of your breathless summary?

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-09-07 07:18 PM | Reply

And how long can this perceived technological advantage in weaponry be expected to last?

#3 | Posted by Angrydad at 2023-09-07 10:07 PM | Reply


Good question.

It is similar to asking... how long will the United States remain a technical leader?

But, I suspect, that is a whole new question....

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-09-07 10:13 PM | Reply

The answer is indefinitely. One thing this conflict has highlighted is the massive technology gap between Western & Eastern military hardware.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2023-09-08 08:11 AM | Reply

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