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Those countries that we sell arms to are, in actuality, part of long-term U.S. foreign policy plans and goals in order to gain power over those countries for the benefit of multinational corporations in a diversity of industries. Keep in mind that in nearly every coup around the world, the U.S. has armed that country’s military beforehand (notably, look to Central & South America), since coups are generally the military takeover of a country’s leadership. U.S. meddling to “defend our interests” brings increased poverty and political repression wherever it occurs.

  1. Saudi Arabia: $13.9 Billion
  2. UAE United Arab Emirates: $10.4 Billion
  3. Egypt: $7.8 Billion
  4. Taiwan: $6.6 Billion
  5. Australia: $6.4 Billion
  6. Iraq: $5.6 Billion
  7. Pakistan: $4.1 Billion
  8. UK United Kingdom: $4.o Billion
  9. Turkey: $3.8 Billion
  10. South Korea: $3.8 Billion

[Source: Congressional Research Service (CRS) and Dayton Business Journal.] Additional data may be found at OpenCRS. Keep in mind that the data we have available is only that which has been unclassified. Also see: U.S. scores record for war-mongering for a more updated, detailed report. Note that arms sales tend to be correlated to the country’s human rights record… we sell the most arms to those with the worst human rights records. Our foreign policy has nothing to do with our officially stated human rights goals, the two are alienated from one another. And isn’t it interesting that our State department routinely issues human rights report cards on other countries each year, but refuses to issue one for our own country. In fact, we refuse to recognize the one report card issued on U.S. human rights each year by China.

The link between politics and the arms trade can result in the development of what US President Dwight D. Eisenhower described as a military-industrial-congressional complex, where the armed forces, commerce, and politics become closely linked. The European defense procurement is more or less analogous to the U.S. military-industrial complex. Various corporations, some publicly held, others private, bid for these contracts, which are often worth many billions of dollars. Sometimes, such as the contract for the new Joint Strike Fighter, a competitive tendering process takes place, where the decision is made on the merits of the design submitted by the companies involved. Other times, no bidding or competition takes place.

The U.S. government has become increasingly concerned about pumping up arms sales to India, countries in the Middle East and Asia, as its own defense spending levels decline. The government argues that such sales will help strengthen ties with allies and make it easier to fight future wars together. – [Reuters]

And that quote is pretty meaningless in context, considering the increasing Blue on Green shootings going on right now in Afghanistan. When the State Department announces new arms shipments as a reward for such-and-such country’s achievements in human rights and democracy, it surely has access also to the record of atrocities compiled by leading international human rights organizations. It chooses to ignore the U.S. role in establishing and maintaining regimes of terror and oppression. The pattern hardly ever varies, as can be readily verified.

Throughout these grim years, nothing has been more inspiring than the courage and dedication of those who have sought to expose and overcome the culture of fear in their respective suffering countries. Nearly all have Leftist martyrs, whose voices have been silenced by the powerful — yet another crime.


February 14, 2012 PBS News Hour

For several months anti-government rebels have been protesting the government led by Basgar al-Assad. In the past few days the violence in Syria has increased radically and over the weekend the Syria resolution proposed by the UN Security Council was vetoed by China and Russia. Many have criticized the two countries for the veto but many feel Syria will share the same fate as Libya if the resolution passes. Pepe Escobar, Asia Times correspondent, joins us to look at the bigger picture

Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive?

“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”—James Madison

America’s troops may be returning home from Iraq, but contrary to President Obama’s assertion that “the tide of war is receding,” we’re far from done paying the costs of war. In fact, at the same time that Obama is reducing the number of troops in Iraq, he’s replacing them with military contractors at far greater expense to the taxpayer and redeploying American troops to other parts of the globe, including Africa, Australia and Israel. In this way, the war on terror is privatized, the American economy is bled dry, and the military-security industrial complex makes a killing—literally and figuratively speaking.

The war effort in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan has already cost taxpayers more than $2 trillion and could go as high as $4.4 trillion before it’s all over. At least $31 billion (and as much as $60 billion or more) of that $2 trillion was lost to waste and fraud by military contractors, who do everything from janitorial and food service work to construction, security and intelligence—jobs that used to be handled by the military. That translates to a loss of $12 million a day since the U.S. first invaded Afghanistan. To put it another way, the government is spending more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety.

via Privatizing the War on Terror: America’s Military Contractors | – Everything New Jersey.

Four months after Occupy Wall Street grew into a nationwide phenomenon, America’s Occupy activists plan to descend on Capitol Hill to “Occupy Congress” on Tuesday in what organizers hope could be the movement’s largest gathering yet.

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RTAmerica : Obama had promised to close down Gitmo if he was elected president but has fallen short. Colonel Morris Davis, former Gitmo official, resigned from his position in 2007 in protest of political interference in the military commissions of Guantanamo prisoners and joins us to discuss Gitmo.

Dana Loesch, a CNN contributor, has come forward and admitted she’d join the troops to urinate on dead Afghans. Earlier this week a video of US Marines urinating on dead Afghans has gone viral and caused uproar around the world. Other members of the media have come forward and confessed that they don’t see anything wrong with the Marines disgraceful acts. Some American war Vets disapproved of the actions of the troops. Abby Martin, founder of MediaRoots.Org, joins us to examine the situation.

Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the “liberal media.” Instead, utilizing a systematic model based on massive empirical research, they reveal the manner in which the news media are so subordinated to corporate and conservative interests that their function can only be described as that of “elite propaganda.”

Update: Data supporting Herman & Chomsky is available at :