With ongoing wars and armed conflicts currently underway across the Middle East, South Asia, and large portions of Africa, the role that U.S. weapons makers are playing across the region was highlighted in weekend reporting by the New York Times which showed how the drive for corporate profits has unleashed an arms race with perilous human consequences and no end in sight for people living in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere.
",..to offset the shrinking of the Pentagon budget after the post-Sept. 11 boom."
Yes, that iddy biddy, teenie weenie, shrinking Pentagon budget. Psychopaths.
Wars R Us. Weapons are the gross national product of the US. Our economy is based largely on fomenting war to feed weapons sales, thus we need "enemies" and invented conflicts as in Iran and Syria which also expand world bank debt colonialism and corporate control. This is a self-perpetuating monstrosity which creates animosity feeding the National Security State. Note how our police also buy weapons of war for use against citizens who are seen by "law enforcement" as "the enemy."
The first responsibility of a capitalist government is to get people to buy something consume something. Remember after 911 bush told America to buy something, go on a vacation.
Especially crazy since all three you mention come from the same religious origins.
To quote Major General Smedley Butler:
"WAR is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most
vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it
seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."
It follows then that the way to stop them is to not comply, to not go shopping. Buying needless crap feeds the monster, but borrowing money to buy needless crap is even worse.
Yes that seminal event following which hardly anyone has questioned, to this day. According to most, we know all we need to know about that day which is a certain ridiculous story. The shock and awe has been quite effective.
If one is a war profiteer, he would love doing business in Amerika! Because Amerika has been in the war business for a long, long time and if you are in the war profiteering business you know you will never go out of the weapons business because you will always have a supply of so called enemies to keep up the demand for your products and even if there are no real enemies, the economic elite will manufacture them for you. WHAT A RACKET!
RISE OF US WEAPONS SALES GREETED BY US WAR PROFITEERS.
It is such a travesty that weapons like the F-35 are supported at all. I would never support any politician who supports the manufacture and deployment of such weapons, let alone the foreign policy objectives cited to justify spending over 1 trillion USD on yet another class of flying killing machines.
What person principled in their stance against "Wars R Us" could support such politicians?
Last month "Bank Analyst worried Iran deal could depress weapons sales"
Greenwald's excellent site, The Intercept has coverage: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/20/asked-iran-deal-potentially-slowing-military-sales-lockheed-martin-ceo-says-volatility-brings-growth/
Lockheed thinks there is still enough volatility for good sales though.
As I have written so many times, war is the most profitable business on the planet. The profiteering criminals that make war have uncounted billions to expend to fight anyone who wishes to commit peace.
* We will never end war until we can find a way to end the profits of the war machine, or convince them that peace can be more profitable.
* Or, perhaps, get rid of the war criminals with a new Nuremberg, then revise the laws to make their actions illegal, with teeth.