• U.S. Now World’s Top Arms Dealer

    December 28, 2015

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    In most people’s minds, America’s biggest exports are things like iPhones made in China, or swank Levi’s made in China. But in fact, America is the world’s leading seller of one category of goods, and those goods are nearly 100% made in America: weapons.


    Maybe not a huge surprise, given that America maintains the globe’s largest military itself, has the largest network of bases and installations around the world, and makes war, well, pretty much anywhere/everywhere it godd*amn feels like it. But check out some impressive numbers: foreign arms sales by the United States jumped by almost $10 billion in 2014, about 35 percent growth, even as the global weapons market remained flat and competition among suppliers increased. How’d where you work do this year? Did you realize 35 percent growth? Sounds like you’re in the wrong business, Skippy.

    American weapons receipts rose to $36.2 billion in 2014 from $26.7 billion the year before, bolstered by multibillion-dollar agreements (negotiated in large part by the the government of the United States on behalf of the private companies who make the weapons; wouldn’t your business benefit from having the Pentagon and the entire network of U.S. embassies augmenting your sales force?) with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. Those deals and others ensured that the United States remained the single largest provider of arms around the world, controlling over 50 percent of the market.

    Russia followed the United States as the top weapons supplier, albeit at only about one-third of what the U.S. racked up in sales. Sweden, France and China were distant numbers three, four and five.

    As for the buyers, America’s top markets over time are both remnants of past American wars, South Korea, and Iraq. Quite popular items included American drones, as well as very, very lucrative aftersales in ammunition, spare parts and training.



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    • John Poole said...

      1

      Remake of THE GRADUATE

      Mr. McGuire to Benjamin: “Weapons”.

      12/28/15 9:17 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      2

      Follow the same marketing strategy of heroin dealers: get them hooked and keep them hooked. Create new markets.

      How’s that war on drugs going? Heroin is cheaper than pills.

      12/28/15 9:24 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      3

      The US corporate Lords of War are enabled by the US Congress, to keep the world in constant turmoil by selling more and more weapons

      Meanwhile, those same, shameless Congressional collectivists who benefit from the corporate defense industry “contributions” to their election campaigns, are screaming about domestic guns in Amerika. right.

      Research which ones on this list got the most money from the Lords of War….it shouldn’t surprise you.

      https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/4269/text

      bartender, give me a shot of 100prf IRONY and a TwoRollingEyes chaser.

      12/28/15 1:07 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Btw, that ain’t all. Now, Obama & Co. are preparing to issue an EO to place all gunowners who are already in databases as owners of semi-automatic weapons on…you got it.. the “no fly list”.

      Is it any wonder why gunowners are battling to prevent any kind of “registering”? Once you are on a list..you might as well kiss your god given rights goodbye, notwithstanding the government knowing who you are when the gun confiscation order comes down. And it WILL. Sooner..or later. THAT is why most gun owners are refusing to COMPLY.

      12/28/15 1:12 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      wait…wait.. this just in. If ever, there was a definitive illustration how the Surveillance State is in cooporation with corporate scumbags, even at the level of children’s toys..this stinking piece of shit is it…

      http://www.amazon.com/PLAYMOBIL-Secret-Police-Station-Playset/dp/B00A30YWCY

      I just fired off an email to them. It would burn your ears. Never in my entire life have I felt enough anger to …well..never mind.

      12/28/15 1:20 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      I wonder, just idly ponderin’, mind you, how many of these weapons’ sales were arranged during the time Hillary was Sec State, but were counted as 2014 sales since the contracts weren’t fulfilled until last year. There was a reason the House of Saud gave her those jewels (which she should have refused as being inappropriate given her position, but when did a Clinton ever turn down the swag?). An awful lot of countries “donated” to the Clinton Global Initiative after she arranged the sale of American weaponry to them while she was in office. She says coincidence, which can properly be translated into English as graft, bribery, or kickbacks.

      And why the hell isn’t anyone looking into all that CGI shit, anyway?

      12/28/15 3:23 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      In addition to the swag Hillary was getting from the Saudis for arranging the deal, how many “donations” from the American arms manufacturers who were really profiting from the deal did she pull in?

      12/28/15 3:32 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      This alone should answer your question Peter…

      quote”These were not the only relationships bridging leaders of the two nations. In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, the philanthropic enterprise she has overseen with her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Just two months before the deal was finalized, Boeing — the defense contractor that manufactures one of the fighter jets the Saudis were especially keen to acquire, the F-15 — contributed $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation, …”

      http://www.ibtimes.com/clinton-foundation-donors-got-weapons-deals-hillary-clintons-state-department-1934187

      The “donations” to the Clinton “foundation” from SA are in the $10-25 MILLION dollar range.

      https://www.clintonfoundation.org/contributors?category=%2410%2C000%2C001+to+%2425%2C000%2C000

      As for the deals she arranged..

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/20/hillary-clinton-state-department-approved-us-weapo/?page=all

      .
      If there is any doubt..the United States of Depravity is now a full blown fascist state, these facts alone should dispel it. Jim Garrison should be gloating.

      12/28/15 4:12 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      PVB,
      I actually looked at the CGI website when I was researching for an article on my blog. They list all their donors (in the name of transparency, says Hillary. Actually, it’s the law, but whatever.) In any case, there are some interesting names there on Ye Olde Clinton Grifter’s List. To wit:

      In the greater than $25mm category, we find amongst others:

      Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation [a charity giving to another charity; who gets to write off the contribution?]

      Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada) [whereby the Clintons give to themselves.]

      One of the 5mm to 10mm donors is:

      The Clinton Family Foundation [the Clintons give to themselves again.]

      Some 10mm to 25mm donations:

      Commonwealth of Australia
      Government of Norway
      Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
      The Rockefeller Foundation

      1mm to 5mm:

      Booz Allen Hamilton

      Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina [a case of an insurance company that makes too much profit. Which is against the law now, what with Obamacare stipulating that 80% or some such amount of all insurance expenses must be spent on actual health care.]

      Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund [Uh, hello? This was publicly-donated money that was supposed to go directly to the Haitians. The Clintons gave it to themselves to dole out using their own determinations for disbursement rather than letting the Haitian people determine its use. Assuming it ever got disbursed. This is one of the most questionable “donors”, in my opinion. And note that this is just from the current year’s list. I have not looked back to see how much they took from the Haiti Fund in past years.]

      Exxonmobil

      Duke Energy Corporation

      Friends Of Saudi Arabia

      General Electric

      Etc., etc.

      https://www.clintonfoundation.org/contributors?category=%2410%2C000%2C001+to+%2425%2C000%2C000

      12/28/15 5:23 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      Got another question for you, Peter.

      What is an “international soldier”? And why are they being trained in an Army base in Missouri? Are these mercenaries of some sort using our bases, or are they UN “blue helmets”, or what? I ask you because some of them were killed in the tornadoes and this article says the State Dept. is responsible for notifying the families.

      *************

      The Latest: Missouri sheriff says 4 international soldiers among flooding victims

      By The Associated Press
      The latest developments on the severe storms across the U.S. (all times local):
      11:30 p.m.

      A Missouri sheriff says four soldiers from another country who were temporarily stationed at Fort Leonard Wood are among the six people who have died in flooding in the state.

      Pulaski County Sheriff Ronald Long said in a statement late Sunday night that a witness saw a car drive into a flooded roadway a day earlier. It was swept downstream. First responders found two men inside the sedan who apparently had drowned, and the bodies of two other men who had been in the car were found Sunday.

      Long says the victims were “international soldiers” who were temporarily stationed at the central Missouri Army base for training. They were not immediately identified, pending notification of their families by the U.S. State Department, and the statement did not give their nationalities.

      A message seeking further information was left with the base’s media affairs department.

      Long says it’s possible that a fifth person was in the car because an acquaintance of the soldiers’ is missing.[…]

      http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2015-12-27/the-latest-death-toll-rises-to-7-in-texas-storms
      **************

      12/28/15 5:29 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      It was Dolph Lundgren. Oops, he was a universal soldier not an international soldier. My bad.

      12/28/15 10:22 PM | Comment Link

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