WJ Astore: Ike knew that national safety shouldn’t be equated with military prowess; quite the reverse, as he warned us against the unchecked power of a burgeoning military-industrial-Congressional complex.
The Military Industrial Complex
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Lawrence Wittner: The greatest single weapons market remains the United States, for this country ranks first among nations in military spending, with 36 percent of the global total.
William J. Astore: America is the world’s leader in drone technology, and the companies that have developed them see even bigger profits on the horizon if they can sell them to America’s allies around the globe.
WJ Astore: The 100 biggest arms producers accounted for $375 billion in weapons sales in 2016, with US firms having by far the largest share at $217 billion.
Lila Garrett: Eight out of 100 of our US Senators are the only ones who voted against the largest arms budget the world has every seen and to the everlasting shame of the media it was done so quietly that the world heard little if anything about it.
Lawrence Wittner: America’s major military rivals, China and Russia, spend only a small fraction of what the United States does on its armed forces―in China’s case about a third and in Russia’s case about a ninth.
Murray Polner: Hey, world, American weapons are available for (nearly) everyone while triggering a new American-inspired Middle Eastern arms race.
JP Sotille: US officials never miss an opportunity to talk about “pivoting” its wildly-popular Global War on Terror to a new effort in Asia.
William Astore: You’ve been drafted into the American national security state. That much is evident from Edward Snowden’s revelations.
Boeing Gets Tax Refund: Boeing found ways to whittle down its effective tax rate so much that it became, in effect, a source of revenue.
Arms Race — The failure of the nuclear nations to fulfill their own NPT obligations is appalling.
Bipartisan Budget Agreement — The intrinsically secure U.S. currently accounts for almost 40 percent of worldwide defense spending.
Norman Solomon: Whether Obama would actually abide by failure to gain congressional “authorization” to attack Syria is by no means clear. But our immediate task is to create such a failure.