Andrew Feinstein - Author of The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, Arms Dealers, Capitalism, Corporate State, Corporatocracy, Danny Schechter, Democracy Now, Empire, Faux Democracy, Financial Elite, Inverted Totalitarianism, Military Industrial Complex, Neoliberal Capitalism, Resource Wars, Security and Surveillance State, The Elite 1%, War for Profit
The blood-drenched money interests of U.S. weapons manufacturers and the military industrial complex win again:
While President Obama has forcefully called out Congress for not passing gun control, the United States has been one of the leading countries blocking a global treaty to regulate the $70 billion international arms trade, torpedoing it last summer and dragging its feet on it this week at the United Nations. While Iran, Syria and North Korea are generating headlines for officially blocking the treaty, less attention has been paid to the role of the U.S. — acceding to pressure from outside groups including the National Rifle Association — in stalling its progress.
In an earlier post ‘The Sandy Hook Massacre and the Merchant$ of Death‘, we talked about the control that the U.S. weapons industry and the military industrial complex(MIC) have over ‘our’ government. The MIC dictates American foreign policy in the interests of not only Big Oil and corporate capitalism, but also the U.S. arms industry which sees big profits in war and strife. Some call this corrupt arrangement the military-industrial-congressional complex or military-industrial-banking complex. Perpetual war has become an integral part of our economy and a majority of our wealthy Congress ‘leaders’ are heavily invested in this war-for-profit machine. Chances are that your 401K, if you still have one, is invested in the MIC one way or another. Here is the latest infographic illustrating our war-based economy:
And the costs keep getting bigger and bigger as the Empire bleeds its citizens dry at home, spreads ill will and animosity abroad, and continues to funnel wealth upward to the oligarch class:
This is why I have said that America is ‘The World’s Most Destabilizing Force‘. Do you really think a “pussy-ass” topic of saving the biosphere will ever be taken seriously? Environmental issues will always be relegated to the back pages when you have savages running the show.
If the supposed “most enlightened” and “advanced” nation on Earth profits from death and destruction and uses Orwellian titles, for example Operation [Iraqi] Freedom, to label their military invasions, then how can we judge the behavior and actions of foreign nations when they are often the blowback from America’s own depravity. A nation using high-tech weapons of war to plunder and murder while hiding behind the façade of democratic institutions and kangaroo courts is still a country of savages and barbarians, no different than Genghis Khan or Attila the Hun.
…Emmy-award winning TV journalist, author and media critic, Danny Schechter turns the cameras on the role of the media. His new film, WMD, is an outspoken assessment of how Pentagon propaganda and media complicity misled the American people…
John Weber said:
Editorial I sent to my local newspapers:
It is violence that needs to be on the national agenda. Guns are only one of the tools for violence.
Most male kids when I was young had a holster and a “play” gun, and if we were lucky we had caps. We had cowboys shooting at cowboys, and the good guys always won. We had cowboys shooting at Indians, and the “good” guys always won. We had Saturday morning cartoons with brutality.
Now we have such gore in movies, on television and in video games with such realism that it is all a big show. Our culture and society was and is infused with maiming and killing. The violence today has tools undreamed of when I was a kid.
“. . . since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 214 out of her 235 calendar years of existence. There were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. did not wage any wars.” (To 2011.)
We are annually the top, or among the top, arms sellers in the world.
“Overseas weapons sales by the United States totaled $66.3 billion last year, or more than three-quarters of the global arms market, valued at $85.3 billion in 2011. Russia was a distant second, with $4.8 billion in deals.”
The United States arms most dictatorships. See: http://sciencenordic.com/united-states-arms-most-dictatorships
Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. We can be proud that we supply a massive amount of guns and other weapons to help that along.
See: The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade. Feinstein, Andrew. 2011.
There is the argument that only the unbalanced are guilty of mass slayings. What are the psychological profiles of the various and diverse people who receive our weapons all around the world?
I realize I may be angering many men and women who with honor and integrity served our country. (I did not experience war because I was in the military between Korea and Viet Nam.) It is not my intention to demean their service. Big business and the very wealthy benefit from the sale of arms and equipment for violence; while the common people live with wounds – physical, psychological and spiritual – if they come back at all.
We are trapped in this violence. Where would the jobs go if we cut defense spending with all the direct and indirect employment from it? How would we employ our troops if we brought most of them home to civilian life? How much armament do we really need? Should we be arming the world?
Our violence, “wars” and arms sales require honest self-appraisal. Where is the outrage of ministers, pastors, priests, and their congregations at the hundreds of thousands of children, women, and men non-combatants killed over these many years from our aggressions and our arms sales globally?
It is time we acknowledge and address our violence.
A quote from another forum to keep us up at night:
the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council are the largest arms suppliers in the world, if the credits for this film are to be believed.
of course they do it all legally.
this is one of my favorite movies, and i am not even a Nick Cage fan. although this film
is pretty damn good, and relevant to the topic at hand.