This morning I got an article from William Hartung on a subject given even less publicity in the corporate press than Bernie Sanders campaign: the arms trade. When Obama was getting the economy going, he went to India and sold them weapons - Bush had previously helped with their nuclear program - and then closed a massive $65 billion deal with Saudi Arabia. In the article Hartung notes that the vast increase in arms to Israel - the US government will spend 4.5 billion a year instead of 3 billion in "aid" - will entirely be spent at Boeing, Raytheon, Consolidated Systems, Inc. and Israeli arms manufacturers have been cut out of these deals (the Israeli government has played a major role in drones and in the militarization of the American place).
And while Clinton is vastly preferable to Trump domestically, her inclination towards war - flooded by neocons like Victoria Nuland and Robert Kagan - is dangerous. Yes, many soldiers as many police are heroic. No, American occupations and wars far away in the world often make things only worse (see Andrew Bacevich's new book on wars in the Middle East). And occupying "hostile" territory often leads to atrocities, as a former soldier reports below.
There's No Business Like the Arms Business
“[We are] advocating on behalf of our companies and doing everything we can to make sure that these sales go through... and that is something we are doing every day, basically [on] every continent in the world... and we’re constantly thinking of how we can do better.”