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Defense Contractors Cite “Benefits” of Escalating Conflicts in the Middle East


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Defense Contractors Cite “Benefits” of Escalating Conflicts in the Middle East

Lee Fang & Zaid Jilani, The Intercept

Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh, and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a Credit Suisse conference in West Palm Beach this week that they stand to gain from the escalating conflicts in the Middle East.

Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President Bruce Tanner told the conference his company will see “indirect benefits” from the war in Syria, citing the Turkish military’s recent decision to shoot down a Russian warplane.


#3

Like Gomer Pyle would say: SURPRISE! SURPRISE!

All these liberals that keep saying what we need is gun control are correct, only not gun control of the average American! What the American people really need is gun control alright, gun control and bomb control of the war profiteering Amerikan Empire. That is the most urgent gun control!

Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President Bruce Tanner told his company will see "indirect benefits" from the war in Syria.

Translation: I am so happy that the Turkish military decided to shoot down that Russian warplane. YIPPPEEEE!! It does not matter to me how many innocent people have to die because we now have more demand for our war products and that is a good thing for our war profiteering business!


#5

"Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh, and Lockheed Martin assured investors..."

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs....


#7

I agree. And the Orwellian name of the Defense Department should be changed to what it really is: THE OFFENSIVE WAR DEPARTMENT!


#8

C'mon People! Is there anybody who doesn't realize who is running this country, and why?
* Many of us have been pointing out for years that war is the most profitable business in the world!
* The MICC nearly had a stroke when Gorbachev dissolved the CCCP.
* "No enemy! No wars! No profits! We'll have to go back to producing stoves and refrigerators. Where is the profit in that? A guy buys a stove and he keeps it for twenty years. A guy buys a missile or bomb and, *BOOM he has to order another!*
* "We've got to get another good long war going here or the stockholders will be angry. Call the CIA, they're good at this sort of thing."
* And so it came to pass. Lies, 911, more lies, war in the Middle East, expanding to much of the world. More Offense Defense contracts, not only in the US Fourth Reich, but world-wide! Dividends are soaring, while millions die or their homes and nations are destroyed.
* And look at the sock puppets they are offering the people to chose from in the next election, if any.
* People of the World! Wake up! Throw these war-mongering, profiteering bastards into the street and chose real leadership. Representatives of the People, not the corporations and the handful of wealthy families that rape reap the profits of the world while destroying it, again for more profit.
* Wake up! Wake Up! WAKE UP!
;-})


#9

Who exactly makes up this investor class that show absolutely no moral scruples when they support the death machine, who have replaced a conscience with money? Are they human even?


#10

These merchants of death are enemies of the citizens of every land. They deserve the same form of justice that enemies of the people were afforded during the French Revolution; namely, the GUILLITINE!!


#13

This story interesting and I believe pertinent to the article. It very much like all those "we killed Al Qaeda's number 2 in the last attack" stories we read several years back.

As per this article this oil field was attacked and destroyed over a month ago by first the Russians and than the Americans. Now the British press claims a crippling blow to DAESH as the same Oil field destroyed yet again by the RAF.

It one great big con generating millions and billions in profits as the Warfare state in order to "fight terrorism" bankrupts the treasury so as to justify "Austerity" and social program spending even as the monies flow to the Military and war profiteers.

If the people at home grumble , another "terrorist event" happens to keep them in their place.


#14

Oh goody! More demand for Sanders' favored F-35s, more jobs for Vermonters - part of his "jobs" program, no doubt ....


#15

And all they're doing is simply giving us back a tiny portion of the taxes we pay to buy their deadly war wares.


#16

I think we should move out of this god forsaken country because most of the people here are very much in favor of guns and violence. These people are going to cause a nuclear war with Russia and China. I think that the US is beyond redemption and going head on into the abyss.. People have totally confused patriotism with militarism like the the Nazis did. They have simply stopped questioning the authorities. People are blindly supporting overseas wars and view death and destruction like a football game, it is entertaining to them. They have lost their humanity and ability to feel the pain of others. Nothing is shocking enough to cause meaningful debate, they have given up as if it's not their business, I often hear"how would you deal with a suicide bomber?" or "nuke all the damn Arab Muslims" or "leave it to the politicians" or a phony sympathetic gesture for a super short duration and then back to the trivial crap. It is pathetic the lack of intellectual engagement, critical thinking the shallowness of majority ordinary people are alarming and how we are at a deficit for basic information and the knowledge of other cultures and peoples. We treat others across the oceans like aliens, non humans especially if they happen to have different features then us or darker skins then us. The media is totally dominated by the Zionist war mongers dehumanizing those who dare to stand up for their rights and freedoms.


#17

I think Mark Twain summed it up pretty well.
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The War Prayer
by Mark Twain

It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fulttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory with stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener.
* It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety’s sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way.
* Sunday morning came — next day the battalions would leave for the front; the church was filled; the volunteers were there, their young faces alight with martial dreams — visions of the stern advance, the gathering momentum, the rushing charge, the flashing sabers, the flight of the foe, the tumult, the enveloping smoke, the fierce pursuit, the surrender!
* Then home from the war, bronzed heroes, welcomed, adored, submerged in golden seas of glory! With the volunteers sat their dear ones, proud, happy, and envied by the neighbors and friends who had no sons and brothers to send forth to the field of honor, there to win for the flag, or, failing, die the noblest of noble deaths. The service proceeded; a war chapter from the Old Testament was read; the first prayer was said; it was followed by an organ burst that shook the building, and with one impulse the house rose, with glowing eyes and beating hearts, and poured out that tremendous invocation:

God the all-terrible! Thou who ordainest,
Thunder thy clarion and lightning thy sword!
  • Then came the “long” prayer. None could remember the like of it for passionate pleading and moving and beautiful language. The burden of its supplication was, that an ever-merciful and benignant Father of us all would watch over our noble young soldiers, and aid, comfort, and encourage them in their patriotic work; bless them, shield them in the day of battle and the hour of peril, bear them in His mighty hand, make them strong and confident, invincible in the bloody onset; help them crush the foe, grant to them and to their flag and country imperishable honor and glory —
  • An aged stranger entered and moved with slow and noiseless step up the main aisle, his eyes fixed upon the minister, his long body clothed in a robe that reached to his feet, his head bare, his white hair descending in a frothy cataract to his shoulders, his seamy face unnaturally pale, pale even to ghastliness. With all eyes following him and wondering, he made his silent way; without pausing, he ascended to the preacher’s side and stood there waiting. With shut lids the preacher, unconscious of his presence, continued his moving prayer, and at last finished it with the words, uttered in fervent appeal, “Bless our arms, grant us the victory, O Lord and God, Father and Protector of our land and flag!”
  • The stranger touched his arm, motioned him to step aside — which the startled minister did — and took his place. During some moments he surveyed the spellbound audience with solemn eyes, in which burned an uncanny light; then in a deep voice he said:
  • “I come from the Throne — bearing a message from Almighty God!” The words smote the house with a shock; if the stranger perceived it he gave no attention. “He has heard the prayer of His servant your shepherd, and will grant it if such be your desire after I, His messenger, shall have explained to you its import — that is to say, its full import. For it is like unto many of the prayers of men, in that it asks for more than he who utters it is aware of — except he pause and think. “God’s servant and yours has prayed his prayer. Has he paused and taken thought? Is it one prayer? No, it is two — one uttered, and the other not. Both have reached the ear of Him who heareth all supplications, the spoken and the unspoken. Ponder this — keep it in mind. If you would beseech a blessing upon yourself, beware! lest without intent you invoke a curse upon your neighbor at the same time. If you pray for the blessing of rain on your crop which needs it, by that act you are possibly praying for a curse on some neighbor’s crop which may not need rain and can be injured by it.

“You have heard your servant’s prayer — the uttered part of it. I am commissioned by God to put into words the other part of it — that part which the pastor — and also you in your hearts — fervently prayed silently. And ignorantly and unthinkingly? God grant that it was so! You heard the words ‘Grant us the victory, O Lord our God!’ That is sufficient. The whole of the uttered prayer is compact into those pregnant words. Elaborations were not necessary. When you have prayed for victory you have prayed for many unmentioned results which follow victory — must follow it, cannot help but follow it. Upon the listening spirit of God fell also the unspoken part of the prayer. He commandeth me to put it into words. Listen!
* “Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth into battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended in the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames in summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it —
* For our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimmage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet!
* We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.
* (After a pause.) “Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! The messenger of the Most High waits.”

* It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said.
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War is no longer for national defense. Now it's for the bottom line! We have a president and a congress that's all about the bottom line!
I don't know. Do we have enough prison space for our last three presidents and the last several congresses? This is the result of unregulated capitalism!


#20

Yet many here will continue their head-in-the-ground support for Bernie "the darling of Lockheed/Martin" Sanders and the 1.2 trillion dollar boondoggle.


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#23

But, we are told, foreign/military policy isn't something we need to worry about now - wait 'til we get him in office, then we can "pressure" him to change .... To my way of thinking, wouldn't it be better to put someone in with a decent foreign/miltary policy at the outset. Folks seem to prefer pols they have to "pressure" to do the right thing - me, I'd rather have more time for the flowers and a good book than have to be out marching or picketing all the time - do it right from the beginning than have to be always trying to "fix" it later ... guess that's too simple an idea -


#24

Seeing how it ranks at the top of the"defense contractor" list in most years why is Boeing not on the list ?


#25

Sure we do. A good use of Guantanamo for starters. Then, as MHunter suggests, release all the victim-less "criminals" from the Reich's for-profit prison system and there would be enough room for all of the war criminals (while they awaited their turn at "Nuremberg").
;-})


#26

Good way to waste bombs (need more bombs) and not do any damage. What a freaking racket.


#27

The heinousness of that comment causes chills down my spine. After Protective Edge, Israel marketed some of its weapons as being "battle tested." What evil, evil people and corporations. They only worship Mammon.