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The Pentagon Runs Amok, War Profiteers are 'Recession-proof'

It is not possible to believe that it is coincidence that just as the Pentagon is being called upon to justify its immunity from the across-the-board budget freeze that President Barack Obama is declaring for the federal government, at least three provocative U.S. arms sales have been announced -- to Taiwan, Poland and four Persian Gulf states.

The announcements were clearly scheduled to provoke, respectively, China, Russia and Iran. Each will now bark loudly, and perhaps take retaliatory action. Their responses will, in turn, serve as justification by the Pentagon for the 7.1 percent increase in proposed defense spending, even as painful cuts are being administered in other fields.

The other beneficiaries of this move will be the defense contractors -- the happy band of manufacturers and trainers and their lobbyists -- into the ranks of which many senior military officers and Pentagon officials retire once their active duty days are done.

The timing is extraordinary, if one had any inclination to consider it to be coincidental. The other "coincidental" development was the failure -- again -- of the missile-defense system in a $150 million trial that took place Sunday. That system, a dog that has been around for years, cleverly conceived and presented as an umbrella over the United States and some of its allies against Iranian or North Korean missiles, has two basic problems. First, it is expensive. Second, it doesn't work, although those two flaws do not necessarily deter Pentagon planners or defense contractors.

The three newly announced arms sales were surer bets, in the sense that each is sure to alarm or enrage some serious country.

The biggest sale, announced Friday, and the most serious in terms of impact, is a plan to sell $6.4 billion in arms to Taiwan. China considers Taiwan to be part of China. The island will receive from the United States 60 Black Hawk helicopters, 114 missile-defense rockets, 12 anti-ship missiles and two mine-hunting vessels, as well as communications and surveillance equipment.

The timing of the U.S. announcement -- unless the furious Chinese reaction is seen as helping the Pentagon's budgetary case with the Congress -- would seem to be particularly unpropitious.

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17384

ALSO NOTE: 151 members of Congress invested in DOD contracts
In 2006, the investment portfolios of 151 current members—more than a quarter of Congress—had between $78.7 million and $195.5 million invested in companies that received major defense contracts (over $5 million). The portfolios include holdings in companies paid billions of dollars each month to support America’s military.
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War is a racket

it has been known for a long time.

There are simply enough sheep for the wolves to take advantage of, that normal people like us are sucked into this mess of a vortex of ill.

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Freedom - Peace - Prosperity

whoo, boy!

*shaking my head*

Thanks for the information. I do feel a bit unsure how to react to this.

I don't doubt it's true, and it is deeply disturbing, but what on EARTH do we do about this?

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Many of the same private contractors

that supply and profit from the wars, the MIC, security systems ALSO provide key intelligence that the Pentagon and Whitehouse use to make decisions on attacks and occupations!

It is also important to note the the 4 major media corporations are also inversted in DOD contracts. They all instigate, promote and perpetuate the fear and war economy..of course they would...thier profits depend on it.

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

War profiteers are also 'Party -Proof"

The Republicans AND the Democrats are invested in the War profiteering and supported by the MIC lobbyists.

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Great Post

I have issues with the title though. Obama, just like Bush, have no say in what is happening. They are merely puppets of the CFR.

I think I saw an article a couple years ago that mentioned that the majority of members of Congress that made money off of war were Democrats. Interesting....

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

It's also interesting to note the major media

corporations are also invested in DOD contracts.

It's the Media, Military, Corporate and Ruling Elite Industrial Complex...
or for short the LTB (lying treasonous bastards)

* I changed the title..(it was the title of the article) I agree with your objection to it.

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Wow-Thanks!

I absolutely love the "LTB" - I think that is going to be my new thing. Well done.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

3 blackwater empolyees got blown up

in Pakistan yesterday. This confirms to all of Pakistan that American troops are operating on their soil.

We are now offically @ war w/ Pakistan & NOBODY in the West is covering this.

Of course they won't report it!

It's too relevant , too truthful!! Media is owned by the PTB and profits in DOD contracts too..WAR IS A RACKET!!

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Military Out of control

and we are in deep doo doo.

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

War Is A Racket by Gen.Smedley Butler- Read it Here!

Two-Time Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Major General Smedley D. Butler - USMC Retired
War Is A Racket ~1935
Chapter One
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.

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few – the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

And what is this bill?

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.

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http://www.lexrex.com/enlightened/articles/warisaracket.htm

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd