Making a Killing 💰 How Politicians & the Arms Trade Collude to Take us to War 💥 | Andrew Feinstein

Making a Killing 💰 How Politicians & the Arms Trade Collude to Take us to War 💥 | Andrew Feinstein


Henry Ford many years ago said: “if you want to stop war you identify
who’s making money from war” The situation in Iran will benefit
the big weapons makers. If you’re making weapons,
the more conflict there is in the world, the more profitable it is for you. As there is aggression
against a particular country the share price of these companies will increase,
so everybody invested in them then benefits. So the military space,
the defence space, is characterised by something
that we call the revolving door: the movement of people between government,
in various forms, and these companies. 84% of generals who are retiring
from the Pentagon in any one year go to work for big defence companies
as very senior executives to whom they’ve given contracts while they
were generals in the American military. All of these companies employ
huge numbers of lobbyists, former politicians, people who are
well-connected to politicians and these people are also
part of that revolving door; so they are sometimes in government
either as officials or elected representatives and it is actually these, people
paid for by the defence companies, who write most of the legislation,
most of the laws. The current Defence Secretary
Mark Esper worked as a lobbyist for one of the biggest defence companies
in the United States of America. Recently in conversation
with Elizabeth Warren he was asked by Warren whether when
he’s finished his stint in government he’ll go back to one of these companies
and he definitively wouldn’t rule it out. Will you commit not to work for or
get paid by any defence contractor for at least four years after
your government service? No senator, I will not. Alright, so let me get this straight: you’re still due to get at least a million-dollar payout
from when you lobbied for Raytheon, you insist on being free to seek a waiver
that would let you make decisions affecting Raytheon’s bottom line
and your remaining financial interest and you won’t rule out taking a trip right
back through the revolving door, the American people deserve to
know that you’re making decisions in our country’s best security interests
not in your own financial interest. and that is the reality of the
defence sector around the world. The best example of this is the former
US Vice President Dick Cheney. If we’re gonna talk about Star Wars
we might as well invite Darth Vader… *Laughter and clapping from crowd* I’m happy to accept. This is a man who served as Defence Secretary
of the United States of America, when the Republicans then lost the presidency
he became CEO of a company called Halliburton,
proud to serve our troops, one of the biggest defence service
providers in the United States of America. As CEO of that company
he was asked what aspects of the war making
machine America could privatise. His company was paid
a million dollars to produce a study that concluded unsurprisingly, that all aspects
of making war could be privatised. When Cheney left Halliburton as CEO to become
vice president of the United States of America he was the greatest champion of the
American invasion of Iraq. Simply stated: there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein
now has weapons of mass destruction, there is no doubt that he is amassing
them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us. Out of that deal alone Halliburton is
estimated to have made $38 billion dollars. Cheney’s personal wealth increased anywhere
from between $60m and a $100 million dollars. while he was vice president of the United States
as a consequence of the decision to invade Iraq because he continued to hold
shares in Halliburton and that really reflects the nature
of this revolving door. so you have people who are
effectively making decisions that are life and death decisions for
millions of people around the world but they’re making those decisions
based not just on ideology but also on the amounts of money
that they can personally make out of it. How this push for war, what is described by
C. Wright Mills as the ‘military metaphysic,’ where everything in a society is seen
through the lens of militarism, how this works in practice is when the
American government, the administration want to ramp up pressure on Iran,
what they do is they alert all of the people who are regarded as reliable
media pundits in the country who they know share their view
to get on the TV screens and the vast, vast majority of those people
are former senior US military officers, who since leaving the military have
joined either defence companies directly or work as lobbyists for
those defence companies and those are the people who are
all over American TV screens talking about how important
this assassination was, what an evil man Soleimani was, and how hopefully this is the starting gun
for regime change in Iran. But, there is hope and the hope is that
more and more people are realising that this sort of escalation in tension is not
being done to create greater world peace, to create better stability,
to create more democracy but is being done for very narrow
political and economic ends. The one thing we always learn from
history, is that especially politicians and I can say this as an ex or recovering
politician tend to learn nothing from history and at the moment the United Kingdom in
the form of Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems in some way linked at the hip to
Donald Trump and the United States of America. We can never forget
the role that Tony Blair played in enabling the devastating and ultimately tragic
invasion of Iraq by the US the UK and others. Now is the time for us ordinary citizens
to take those lessons of history and to say to our leaders to say specifically
to Prime Minister Boris Johnson Not in my name.
Not with my tax pounds. the only way we’re going to create
a more peaceful world is through breaking
the media narrative that creates the fearful environment
in which conflict flourishes, it’s going to happen through
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17 Comments

  • Double Down News

    January 13, 2020

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  • shaun king

    January 13, 2020

    DDN is for mentally ill, thick , brained lib-lefties…… you can tell the female ones , they have green or blue hair and are fat .

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  • shaun king

    January 13, 2020

    There is a new film out about Iran . It's called " Two Smoking Sandals "

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  • TheMystery Gamer

    January 13, 2020

    While Tories tell us there's "no magic tree" for workers, disabled people, schools, NHS, pensions, etc. And the LibDems repeat it by telling us we need to pay more taxes taking attention away from this corruption. The parties who refused to support Jeremy Corbyn's amendment to the Queen's Speech to take the NHS out of any trade negotiations before the 2019 General Election. This is what 13 million people voted for.

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  • Ricky Boyd

    January 13, 2020

    "The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power."

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

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  • Tina T.

    January 13, 2020

    "We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American eagle in order to feather their own nests."
    – FDR

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  • kulturfreund66

    January 13, 2020

    It’s a never ending story. Was it at any time different? These guys have all and everything on their side to do whatever they like. Most of the money, the technology, the armament, the network, the media, the slyest advocates and counselors the most influence on politics, legislation and jurisdiction … and the least scruples.

    For every shit thing that‘s half way solved or impeded to happen, ten others come about. Whilst you spend unpaid time of your life debating, going to demos, writing, publishing, donating, risking to lose your job or getting your jaw smashed their advocates do the defense while they’re on holidays. This is a game hopeless to ever be won.

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  • The Truth - Love It Or Hate It

    January 13, 2020

    100%

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  • Jan Robson

    January 13, 2020

    Elizabeth effing Warren. Are you kidding?!
    You’re messages are 100% correct
    BUT .
    Warren has voted for war and money to the establishment over and over again. She keeps hi jacking others words. Please can you do this with a real truth teller. . TRY Aaron Mate Etc or somebody else but not her.
    Also ..another truth is that Trump is the latest in a long line of leaders who serve the industrial military complex.
    It’s a system.
    Also 250,000 new millionaires were made in WW1 alone.

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  • Helm Hurst

    January 13, 2020

    "Politicians & the Arms Trade Collude to Take us to War " Now tell us something we don't already know please

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  • Rob Duncan

    January 13, 2020

    Perpetual war for perpetual peace! Gore Vidal .

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  • HeavyThunderMetal

    January 13, 2020

    Really important for this to be put out there!

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  • Dai Kayll

    January 13, 2020

    Cheney , you ARE Darth Vader , you lout of an individual.

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  • Dai Kayll

    January 13, 2020

    Conflict of interest then for Cheney , and in high public office too ! Illegal ?

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  • Dai Kayll

    January 13, 2020

    What do we say Andrew , eh ? WHAT ? Thats the historical point. They just don't listen. However many chime up. Remember the million ( more like 2) who marched in London to tell Campbel and Blair to back off in 2003 ? They've learned to just ride it out cos WE DO NOWT !

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  • James Hannah

    January 13, 2020

    sad ;(

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  • soarornor

    January 14, 2020

    Great piece. However you left out the media aspect. Why is it that the media ALWAYS cheers on wars? Why do they cheer on subjecting humanity to large range slaughter? Whether it’s shooting or bombing, the media cheerleads away as if that’s their job. They cheerlead sanctions too, which are war crimes as sanctions hurt civilians and can goes mass death just as badly as bombs. So it would be nice to shine a light on the vast corruption of the corporate media and make it clearer to everyone just what is going on. They all sit on each other’s corporate boards. Corporate news owners sit on defense boards and vice versa. These are the people that invite the revolving door generals onto their shows to convince the public that every war is just and winnable and that with a bit more slaughter, everything will be fine. They avoid having anyone on that would make the case for the opposite. The corporate news seems to be currently reviled but only in a tribal way. They have extraordinary influence over everything from wars, to elections, to the way the economy works and more. The media is the biggest cancer on all of our country’s. Only true, alternative media that is disconnected from the corporate war cheerleaders is worth watching if real info is what you’re after.

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  • Sam Edwards

    January 14, 2020

    These warmongering weapons-obsessed politicians need millions and millions of dollars, otherwise how would they live?

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