How Do They Sleep at Night? The Economics of war in the USA

A report to the United States Congress, released this week reported that total global sales rose slightly in 2014 to $71.8 billion, from $70.1 billion in 2013. Despite that increase, “the international market is not likely growing over all,” because of “the weakened state of the global economy.”

The lack of market expansion has led to greater competition among suppliers. Some producers have adopted measures like flexible financing, counter-trade guarantees and coproduction and co-assembly agreements to try to secure sales, according to the report.

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Cheer up, guys. Apparently 2014 was better.

“A number of exporting nations are focusing not only on the clients with which they have held historic competitive advantages due to well-established relationships, but also on potential new clients in countries and regions where they have not been traditional suppliers,”

Despite the competition, the report concluded that, given its positioning, the United States was likely to remain the dominant supplier to developing nations in coming years.

What’s the product, you probably want to know. Well, it’s not iPhones, or any other Apple product, for that matter. The report is talking about the ‘global weapons market’. Congressional representatives of the American people were encouraged to hear that the United States retained its position as Number One exporter of military hardware in 2014. Sales of $36.2 billion were more than three-times greater than second-place Russia, and were, in fact, more than those of all other weapons-exporting countries combined.

F-15 FIGHTER SAUDI DTN

Thanks to our Muslim friends in Saudi Arabia for keeping 50,000 Americans employed

Biggest customers were Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and South Korea. How much of that materiel will get into the hands of rebel forces in Syria we can only guess, but I have my suspicions.

It’s encouraging to see that US weapons manufacturers are able to assist countries with struggling economies to maintain high levels of consumption by offering ‘flexible financing’ and other incentives. That must be especially comforting to Brazilians, who were the US arms industry’s third-best customer in 2014, despite the fact that their shrinking economy is in crisis.

For sheer jaw-dropping hypocrisy, it would be hard to beat, don’t you think?

Read the whole article in the New York Times: U.S. Foreign Arms Deals Increased Nearly $10 Billion in 2014

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5 thoughts on “How Do They Sleep at Night? The Economics of war in the USA

      • There is no limit to their arrogance, might is right. Some times they finance and supply both sides of a conflict, with both sides in their debt, they can’t lose regardless of who wins.

      • There is GREAT Depth to what onnovocks said, “Business as usual.”
        The hegemony (monetary system/world empire) Has been getting away with this for centuries under deception, coercion and worse.
        I recall from my archives reading how in the last few centuries the Europeans carved up Africa and the middle East, installed dictators and kings. Later their system of deception swallowed up their cousins in North America, Australia, and Asia…

        Humph, I did say it was deep, and I could dig up volumes of documents detailing the interference in the internal affairs of 193 nations to implement the commercial law system of taxation and banking that all nations must adhere to; basically, certifying the enslavement of all at birth.
        Indeed, “Business as usual“, with the U.S. puppet-state playing the leading role for the public to focus on rather than the international monetary system that is a bank owned mega-corporate-club.
        When you research the arms industry and see think-tanks and the industry leaders (such as Rand, Raytheon, IBM, Honeywell, Alliant Tech, Hewlett Packard, KBR, et al.) ready for war profiteering and the use of force to reach the next international consensus for this monetary system with a little cosmetic tweak promoted as reform for the 21st century. Just remember to look at the other war profiteers in Germany, France, U.K., and elsewhere linked to the G-20 banking club.

      • Right on, Ron! I hope more people are starting to see through the great deception. At least the internet is putting us in touch with each other, supporting the dissemination of an alternative viewpoint.

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