The King found this article in the LA Times. It is quite disturbing. It seems the Masters of War are lamenting the fact that wars are declining somewhat (although you would never believe it reading the media coverage) and are looking for New Markets…..Jesus…who is next? Maybe they can instigate a war between the Koreas…the Chinese will make money selling the North weapons, and we will loose money defending the South and the Masters of War will clean up big time!
Before reading it we need to establish some definitions.
New Markets = Other Countries to Bomb/Invade
Masters of War = Military Industrial Complex
Just a few lyrics by Bobby Dylan to get you in the mood for this story:
From Masters of War by Bob Dylan
Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.
And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand over your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead.
By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles TimesJune 15, 2011, 8:55 p.m.
With the Pentagon’s appetite for new weapons shrinking, U.S. arms makers are finding lucrative markets overseas as demand for American-made weaponry hits an all-time high.
Despite intense international competition, U.S. arms manufacturers (Masters of War) are expected to sell a record $46.1 billion in military hardware to foreign governments in 2011, a nearly 50% jump from $31.6 billion last year.
The boom is drawing fire from arms-control advocates, who worry that weapons are going to volatile regions of the world and could end up in the wrong hands.Pentagon officials defend the sales, saying they are carefully regulated by the U.S. State and Defense departments to protect national security and are key tools in maintaining good ties with U.S. allies.
A Very Good Client
“As a country continues to strengthen its ability to defend its borders, to protect itself and, potentially, to operate with partners in the region or with the U.S. — all of that strengthens the U.S. from a security perspective,” Navy Vice Adm. William E. Landay III, who oversees foreign military sales, told reporters last week.
India signed a deal Wednesday for the purchase of 10 BoeingC-17 military cargo jets that will be built in Long Beach, highlighting the growing number of multimillion- and billion-dollar sales to foreign governments around the world.
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