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  •  And it's not just arms, but arms sales: (8+ / 0-)

    So it's a "burn humanity from both ends" strategy. We are the most armed, then have to up our arms to protect against a more heavily armed world. Which we create. Of course, all the latest innovations get reverse-engineered or stolen so we help the world to get ever-more destructive in its violence.

    US arm sales up from $21.4B in 2010 to $66.3B in 2012. Guess who's planning on more wars on this earth?

    The annual survey of global arms sales released this week Aug 30, 2012 by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the policy research arm of the US Congress, places the United States number one in the provision of advanced weaponry to the world by an overwhelming margin.

    “In 2011, the US led in arms transfer agreements worldwide, making agreements valued at $66.3 billion (77.7 percent of all such agreements), an extraordinary increase from $21.4 billion in 2010. The US worldwide agreements total in 2011 is the largest for a single year in the history of the US arms export program,” according to the report prepared for Congress.

    In an earlier period, Washington justified such weapons deals as part of its Cold War strategy of countering the influence of the Soviet Union and propping up regimes aligned with the West against Moscow and its allies. This was under conditions where Soviet arms sales to the so-called Third World rivaled and even surpassed those of the United States.

    Today, however, as the CRS report makes clear, the US accounts for more than three quarters of global arms deals, with the share of its closest competitor, Russia, amounting to just 5.6 percent.

    I need some aspirin.

    Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

    by Jim P on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:16:00 PM PST

    •  Well, hope the aspirin helped... (2+ / 0-)
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      I had forgotten that bunch of factoids (Aurora, Sandy Hook, climate change, election). I think I will skip the ASA and go straight to the ETOH. Tastes better.

      Seems to me this was selling off Iraq leftovers and other stuff DoD needed to get out of the garage. As I recall, the thought I had was we need to:

      1) Cut all programs that Congress Critters bestowed on DoD to preserve jobs in their districts, even though the stuff was of no use to the military anymore.*

      2) Audit the Pentagon, using NO DoD employees, appointees or contractors or lobbyists, or investors, or congressional staff. (Did I miss any?)

      3) When the DoD sells this stuff, the amount they make should be deducted from the next year's budget.

      * The rest of my take on this is that the companies can't sell military weapons directly to other countries. So they continue to sell to DoD, and they can sell them to the right countries.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 08:38:17 PM PST

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