We live in an era when a Nobel Peace Prize winner can oversee 8 years of war, thousands of extrajudicial drone bombings and killing of innocent people, and no one calls into question the credentials of the Nobel organization. As the Obama presidency came to its end, many hoped that we may see a turn for the better in terms of military spending and the overuse of military power as a form of international diplomacy, but our hopes have been officially dashed.
The Trump administration is continuing the imperial legacy of modern American presidents and during his first year of office, the defense industry saw a banner year of international sales.
As reported by Foreign Policy in Focus, the Trump administration has upped the ante by initiating huge arms deals to many questionable regimes, and, “half of Pentagon spending goes to contractors, the military budget is set to skyrocket, and the Trump administration is peddling arms all over the world.”
In 2016, the Top 100 in the defense industry reported sales of over $364 billion dollars, and under the guidance of the Trump administration this number is rising fast.
The revolving door of high level corporate/government employees continues as well:
The new undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics — a central role in deciding what the Pentagon purchases and from whom — comes from the very top job at Textron Systems, the 16th largest arms company in the world. On November 15, Raytheon didn’t miss out on the action, with its vice president of governmental relations confirmed as Army Secretary.” [Source]
The defense budget is ballooning with the passing of the new senate defense budget which promises to spend over $700 billion dollars in 2018 on the management of our military and all of the research, development and international actions we find ourselves involved in.
Americans have been hoodwinked again by empty campaign promises and the delusion that the government will somehow correct itself if only the right person is put in the Oval Office.
More startling, however are recent comments by high level military personnel who are saying that a war with either Russia, North Korea, or both is just around the corner for 2018. Of course, this makes perfect sense when you consider that the biggest business in the world is building weapons, and what good are weapons if you don’t use them?
Ron Paul perhaps said it best:
“With the exception of the military industrial complex, we all want a more peaceful world.”