Terror Attacks are Great for US Arms Makers - ISIL Just Sent the Bomb Business BOOMING
If you are in the business of making tools of mass murder, business is, quite literally, BOOMING.
-Two-time Medal of Honor recipient, Major General Smedley Butler, USMC
The United States is dropping bombs faster than the military industrial complex can manufacture them. The spike in demand for weapons of war since the attacks in Paris have sent stock prices and arms sales through the roof.
Defense industry stocks this morning following Friday night's attacks in Paris: pic.twitter.com/8a35RcpPJ6
— Aaron Cantú (@aaronmiguel_) November 16, 2015
According to US officials, arms manufacturers have added shifts and hired workers, but they warn that this may not be enough to keep up with the world’s demand for weapons of mass destruction.
As the US sends tens of thousands of warheads to Saudi Arabia so they can bomb schools and hospitals in Yemen, they are placing a strain on domestic production. Since the terror attacks in Paris, American forces have increased their efforts and have begun dropping 453 bombs a day in Iraq and Syria.
Instead of realizing that the bombs and US foreign policy are the actual sources of terrorism, ignorant politicians are now fear mongering about the production of arms being too slow.
Thanks to the invasive and murderous US foreign policy, there is no shortage of ‘Islamic Extremism’ to attack in the Middle East. Not only is Saudi Arabia receiving US arms, but so are many of the other Gulf states as well as Syrian ‘rebels.’
“It’s a huge growth area for us,” said one executive with a U.S. weapons maker, who was not authorized to speak publicly.
“Everyone in the region is talking about building up supplies for five to ten years. This is going to be a long fight,” said the representative as if mass murder on a global scale is somehow something to be celebrated.
According to a recent report from Reuters, American cities are rejoicing over the new windfall, job creation and the economic benefits associated with propping up the military industrial complex.
The impact is palpable in Troy, Alabama, where Lockheed Martin Corp builds its 100-pound Hellfire air-to-ground missiles at a 3,863-acre highly secured facility surrounded by woods and horse pastures. Realtors are adding staff in anticipation of new hiring at the plant, and the large grocery chain Publix is opening a store soon.
“What’s good for Lockheed is good for Troy,” said Kathleen Sauer, president of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, adding that the expansion was helping a local economy where unemployment rates are already among the lowest in the state.
“Look at our downtown,” she said. “Almost all the stores are open and we have more coming in.”
Sadly, the clueless politicians who are boasting this economic growth are missing the point entirely. There is no ‘growth’ happening at all as every single dime given to the weapons manufacturers must first be stolen from the US taxpayer, either directly or through increasing the debt to the federal reserve and passing the bill on to future generations.
Not too mention the fact that millions of innocent people are being blown to a fine red mist from these things.
As General Smedley Butler pointed out decades ago, there are incredible monetary costs associated with war, noting that it is indeed the taxpayers who fund this expansion of empire.
"The World War, rather our brief participation in it, has cost the United States some $52,000,000,000. Figure it out. That means $400 to every American man, woman, and child. And we haven’t paid the debt yet. We are paying it, our children will pay it, and our children’s children probably still will be paying the cost of that war."
$52 billion in 1930 was a lot of money, and all of it stolen from American citizens and used by the oligarchs as investment money to turn them into billionaires. Butler was entirely correct as well. Our children’s children and their children are still being buried under a mountain of debt for war.
Sadly, this growth of the military industrial complex shows no signs of slowing. In fact, this year alone, foreign military sales approvals only, surged 36 percent to $46.6 billion in the year through September 2015 from around $34 billion a year earlier.
According to Reuters,
This year alone, the U.S. government has approved the sale of Hellfires to South Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, France, Italy and Britain. In June, the U.S. Army said it had asked Lockheed to boost production of the Hellfire from 500 per month to 650 by November.
“There are essentially waiting lists for Hellfire. They can’t make them fast enough,” said one State Department official, who asked not to be identified.
As the threat of World War III looms across the planet, the American taxpayers are being fleeced to build the weapons with which this world war will be carried out. It is sheer lunacy.
The ridiculous nature of the warfare state was recently highlighted in a video uploaded to YouTube, which shows how US-manufactured weapons are being used by both sides of the conflict in Syria. A US-made TOW missile was fired at and destroyed a US-made Humvee with a 14mm anti-aircraft machine gun mounted to the top — also Made in the USA.
From The Free Thought Project @ http://thefreethoughtproject.com/war-racket-terror-attacks-good-business-arms-makers-record-global-sales/
Peace is the Enemy of the US Military Industrial Complex
War is a criminal act against humanity. The fundamental question is who may benefit from the present potential military conflict in the Ukraine?
The citizens of the Ukraine, Europe, Russia, or the USA would not benefit. Some people in the Ukraine may benefit. The European Union is facing such severe economic and social problems that its search for other burdens would be rather surprising. Russia needs economic and political stability to again be respected as a world power. The USA is ending two rather long wars – in Iraq and Afghanistan. Would our country be eager to get involved in another military conflict that again might not be very successful?
The USA is the World’s foremost military power. Its military budget represents about 50 percent of global military expenditures. The US military has spent trillions of dollars since the end of the Second World War. Despite these huge expenditures, it cannot claim any major victories. The Korean War ended in a tie. The USA was defeated in Vietnam. It has been searching for some ending of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without being able to claim true victories.
The USA really did not have to get involved in those wars that solved nothing. US citizens did not benefit from those wars.
A hidden Agenda? There had to be some reasons for conducting those wars that killed many people, destroyed properties, wasted resources and taxpayers’ money. One should recall the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (January 17, 1961):
“Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”
The fact that military activities may become a profitable enterprise leads to the realization that peace is the main enemy of the military-industrial complex. A simple metaphor can illustrate this problem. Grape growers, the wine industry and wine marketers would be completely out of business if people stopped drinking wine. In a similar way, the military-industrial complex would be put out of business by lasting peaceful conditions because the development, production, marketing and use of military equipment would be not needed.
To stay in business, this complex needed the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, the “cold war” with the Soviet Union, war on terrorism and various other wars. And it needs to be involved in new conflicts, such as in Ukraine at this time.
Recent political activities in the Ukraine can be viewed as an effort to start a new “cold war”, this time with Russia. It is not about reducing corruption in the Ukraine (there is plenty of corruption in western countries as well). It is not about improving democracy in the Ukraine (the same need exists in western countries as well). It is not about improving economic conditions in the Ukraine (the same need exists in western countries as well).
The main objective of Western activities in the Ukraine is to provoke Russia and to transform a sensitive peaceful coexistence into a new “cold war”. Everyone could have expected the Russian reaction to the effort of placing NATO forces on its borders. This would be the equivalent of placing Soviet missiles in Cuba. Kennedy’s government had to react in October 1962. Putin’s government has reacted now.
Peace is a hope of a great majority of people. It could be enhanced if government expenditures would support business companies producing renewable energy, clean water and other life supporting products, rather than products bringing death.
Vashek Cervinka lives in Davis, California. He is an author of the book Questions We Have Forgotten to Ask and many essays published in the local newspaper. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The original source of this article is Global Research
Copyright © Vashek Cervinka, Global Research
From Global Research @ http://www.globalresearch.ca/peace-is-the-enemy-of-the-us-military-industrial-complex/5379633
War Sucks, What is it Good For?War Sucks, What is it Good For? Creating peace, spreading democracy, boosting the economy? Here’s the answer: nothing.
Our natural inclination is to think about war in the abstract. And while there may be good reasons to go to war, those reasons are few and far between. The moral case for war requires much more than a vague worry.
War Is a Racket
by Smedley Butler
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