Who’s Paying the Pro-War Pundits?

Just a few short months ago, U.S. citizens overwhelming opposed our heavy-handed policy of engaging in other peoples’ problems worldwide. Americans were weary of political and military hawks’ fear-mongering about the dangers of the next terrorist threat. Folks were waking up and deciding to let other countries handle their own business, without our “help”. 

But the recent brutal beheadings of American journalists in Iraq turned the tide of public opinion at breakneck speeds, as if these horrific acts could be balanced by another war. What has changed that makes one think that we’ll fare better in that region than we did the last time? It’s a history doomed to repeat itself.

There’s always an agenda for war among those who profit from it. Billion dollar profits for “war contractors” is what really should be getting our attention. But, the strategies of fear and distraction, smoke-and-mirrors, has won, once again, taking gullible American minds down the primrose path to another conflict in the Middle East.

IS is not knocking at your door. But the greedy bastards are huffing and puffing and blowing that bitch down while you’re distracted by all the chicken-hawks running around screaming that the sky is falling.

If you really want to understand all the fervor, it’s simple.  Just follow the money …


 

The Nation – Lee Fang

Talking heads like former General Jack Keane are all over the news media fanning fears of IS. Shouldn’t the public know about their links to Pentagon contractors?

Retired General Anthony Zinni, retired General Jack Keane and former Bush administration official Fran Townsend

If you read enough news and watch enough cable television about the threat of the Islamic State, the radical Sunni Muslim militia group better known simply as IS, you will inevitably encounter a parade of retired generals demanding an increased US military presence in the region. They will say that our government should deploy, as retired General Anthony Zinni demanded, up to 10,000 American boots on the ground to battle IS. Or as in retired General Jack Keane’s case, they will make more vague demands, such as for “offensive” air strikes and the deployment of more military advisers to the region.

But what you won’t learn from media coverage of IS is that many of these former Pentagon officials have skin in the game as paid directors and advisers to some of the largest military contractors in the world. Ramping up America’s military presence in Iraq and directly entering the war in Syria, along with greater military spending more broadly, is a debatable solution to a complex political and sectarian conflict. But those goals do unquestionably benefit one player in this saga: America’s defense industry.

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~ by katrinataylor44 on September 20, 2014.

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