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Thursday, July 29, 2010

The part of Obama's State of the Union address where he called for DOUBLING arms exports somehow escaped me

jumpin' jeebus on a zwieback...


i have this thing about the u.s. commanding a full thirty percent of the world's weapons market, amounting to a whopping $6.8B in 2009... for one thing, there's a hell of a lot of money being made by a very few people, absolutely none of whom have any incentive whatsoever to see world peace suddenly break out... second, flooding the world with weapons is a sure-fire way to make sure that they get used, not only guaranteeing we won't see peace in our time but also that those "used" weapons have to regularly be replaced with - wait for it - the latest high-tech, super-destructive models fresh from the defense labs of our already super-rich defense contractors...

unaccountably, this obscenity continues year after friggin' year and now our hopey-changey president wants to re-write the regs to make it EASIER to export weaponry and to DOUBLE current export levels by 2015...!

The United States is currently the world biggest weapons supplier — holding 30 per cent of the market — but the Obama administration has begun modifying export control regulations in hopes of enlarging the U.S. market share, according to U.S. officials.

President Barack Obama already has taken the first steps by tucking new language into the Iran sanctions bill signed in early July. His aides are now compiling the "munitions list," which regulates the sale of military items.

The administration's stated reason for the changes is to simplify the sale of weapons to U.S. allies, but potential spinoffs include generating business for the U.S. defense industry, creating jobs and contributing to Obama's drive to double U.S. exports by 2015.

Critics say the reforms are being rushed and warn that the expedited procedures could allow weapons technology to fall into the wrong hands.

India, which currently is seeking 126 fighter-jets worth over $10 billion, 10 large transport aircraft worth $6 billion, and other multi-billion dollar defense sales, could be among the possible beneficiaries. Allies seeking advanced U.S. weaponry and equipment, who now often buy elsewhere due to the cumbersome U.S. approval process, would draw immediate benefit from the reforms, U.S. officials said.

i DID NOT cast my vote for this shit, believe me...!

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