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I don't have time to flesh this out, hopefully someone with more time will, but Sam Stein has an article over at the HuffPo that states 10 defense contractors spent $27 million on lobbying for the surge in Afghanistan last year.

The ten largest defense contractors in the nation spent more than $27 million lobbying the federal government in the last quarter of 2009, according to a review of recently-filed lobbying records.

The companies are Boeing, United Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell International, Northrup Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, L3, Textron and Goodrich.

If this is any sign of things to come, if they haven't already, private security companies will, in the name of goodwill, be lobbying for peacekeeping operations around the world.

The war industries have a huge bank account due to the contracting through out the Bush years and they will lobby for more war.

IMO, we will see these efforts push for more intervention in Africa.

Sorry for the short diary - but I see this as the times to come as having arrived. Watch for the Blackwaters of the world to successfully push for "helping out in war torn regions" or gain contracts to "keep al-Qaeda from taking root in Africa".

Originally posted to Tirge Caps on Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 11:10 AM PST.

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