Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Endless Wars to Fuel More Arm Sales

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Endless Wars to Fuel More Arm Sales

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The June 5 editorials "Watch the Swiss" and "Up in the Air," plus Noah Smith's Forum commentary "Send Young Americans out into the World," summed it up perfectly.

The industrial-military complex, with tentacles in Congress through campaign contributions, provides the United States with an overabundance of military equipment. Consequently use of military might becomes the obvious solution to all world problems.

President Barack Obama offers weapons to Vietnam to seal our friendship. A peace offering?

We kill in Iraq, kill in Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria. We kill al-Qaida, Islamic State, El Nusra. We kill a black man drinking in a gazebo and a young man playing loud music. We sell weapons to Saudi Arabia to kill in Yemen, to Israel to kill Palestinians. Nobody cares anymore who gets killed, while Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and other weapons manufacturers profit. …

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