This Week in War Mongering
Last week President Obama flew to India to sell them $5 billion for 10 Boeing C-17 cargo planes — the sixth biggest arms deal in U.S. history. As Jim Hightower points out, this deal doesn’t do much to boost American employment (despite administration hopes), but it does help escalate the arms race India runs with Pakistan, its eternal rival and a customer of U.S. arms dealers: “How long before American soldiers get caught in this deadly crossfire of U.S. made weapons?”
This week Thailand extradited Victor Bout, the so-called “Merchant of Death” to the United States to face charges of global arms trafficking with clients that include the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Undercover DEA agents posed as FARC rebels seeking weapons to shoot down American pilots enforcing the U.S. Plan Colombia policy initiated by the ClintonAdmin oh so long ago and expanded under the BushAdmin.
I just thought that was an interesting juxtaposition.
The other day I drove behind a hatchback sporting a bumper sticker with the “O” of Obama rendered as a peace symbol. I had to laugh.