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|5 years ago :: Sep 14, 2008 - 9:59PM #1|
From the New York Times:
From tanks, helicopters and fighter jets to missiles, remotely piloted aircraft and even warships, the Department of Defense has agreed so far this fiscal year to sell or transfer more than $32 billion in weapons and other military equipment to foreign governments, compared with $12 billion in 2005.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/washi … ref=slogin
The bulk of this hardware is being sold to countries in the Middle East -- Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel. That's just what that part of the world needs! Lots more weapons! The Times article adds:
“This is not about being gunrunners,” said Bruce S. Lemkin, the Air Force deputy under secretary who is helping to coordinate many of the biggest sales. “This is about building a more secure world.”
Roger. The way to achieve peace is to encourage people to buy tons of weapons of war. Among intellectuals prostituting themselves to the war machine, that's what passes for logic. More sober analysts call it "doublethink."
The Times also called the 250 percent increase in weapons sales "one of President Bush's most lasting legacies." They sure got that right. 50 Years from now, some mideastern air force is going to be dropping clusterbombs they bought from Bush way back in 2008 on some other country's little kids.
Nice going, warheads.
Adepto vestri stercore simul.