Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Not a coincidence

Okay, ready class? Today's lesson is on deductive reasoning. Can anyone identify the connection between the "war on terrorism" and a new report by Deloitte LLP entitlted "2008 Global Aerospace & Defense Industry Performance Wrap-up?"

Go ahead and take a look at the conclusions of the report and see if the connection becomes clearer. Done? Good, now what's the first thing you notice? Yes, good, it is true that:
"2008 was a record-setting year for the companies included in a new global aerospace and defense (A&D) industry study released today by Deloitte. The 67 companies or divisions in the Deloitte study increased their sales revenue to $595 billion, and their operating earnings jumped to more than $54 billion."
No one? Okay, let's break this down, real fast. Here's what I see:
  1. Forget all of that mumbo jumbo about: "continued productivity improvements in cost structure, substitution of technology for labor in product development and manufacturing, and the transformation of the supply chain from vertical integration to the super-supplier model." That's all just spin, plain and simple.
  2. Not much mention about significant growth in aerospace. So we're really just left with the war on terrorism.
  3. The war on terrorism is an illusion which essetially grants an open check to the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.
  4. No I'm not saying that we don't have terrorist enemies that are intent on causing terror to the United States and it's allies. What I'm saying is that in the famous words of Jon Stewart, late night host of "The Daily Show," "9/11 means shut the fuck up."