My latest post was about the military industrial complex (MIC) in general. This post is more specific on leading politicians and corporations of that complex wanting to have a bellicose Republican president elected in 2016 – bound to wage widespread ground war in Syria and the Middle East. The candidates aree deeply dependent on the much blood money from these war-corporations.
The Intercept 11 Dec. 2015: A group – APPS – formed this year by executives and lobbyists for the defense contracting industry is taking credit for “driving the national debate on foreign policy during the 2016 presidential election campaign,” and in particular for getting Republican presidential candidates to call for escalating military action in Syria.
To “help elect a president who supports American engagement and a strong foreign policy,” the group spends money on public events in primary states.
In an email to supporters, Mike Rogers, the founder of Americans for Peace, Prosperity, and Security (APPS), hailed the group for “pushing candidates on national security.”
Rogers wrote: From Ben Carson at an APPS forum in Dubuque, Iowa: “We also need to decide, in terms of these radical jihadists, what do we want to do? Do we want to contain them or do we want to destroy them? I vote for the latter, because you know they want to destroy us and there is no such thing as containing people like that.”
From Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at an APPS forum in Charleston: “I am sick and tired of hearing people on my side avoid the idea of an American ground component (in Syria).”
Mike Huckabee told an APPS forum in Greenville: “We should have been running hundreds, if not thousands, of A-10 Warthogs busting every time a truck with supplies was on its way to ISIS soldiers.”
The email also highlighted a quote from Jeb Bush at an APPS forum calling for the U.S. to be prepared for a “long haul” war on ISIS, and a similar comment from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who said the U.S. should engage ISIS as it had against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Rogers, the former House Intelligence Committee chairman who retired from Congress last year, also represents private clients, though he has refused to disclose them.
The Intercept 9 May 2015 Roger’s group, APPS, is hosting candidate events and intends to host a candidate forum later this year. The organization does not disclose its donors. But a look at the business executives helping APPS steer presidential candidates towards more hawkish positions reveals that many are defense contractors who stand to gain financially from continued militarism:
Advisory Board Member John Coburn (right) is chairman and CEO of VT Systems, a company that delivers communications technology for the Defense Department.
Advisory Board Member Stephen Hadley is a principal at the consulting firm Rice Hadley Gates and serves as a board member to defense contractor Raytheon, a position that pays him $228,007 in annual compensation.
New Hampshire Board Member Rich Ashooh lists his employment as Director, Strategy at BAE Systems.
New Hampshire Board Member James Bell is the chief executive of EPE Corporation, a manufacturing company that says it is a “premier supplier to the defense community.”
Advisory Board Member John Engler is the president of the (Rothschild) Business Roundtable, and here and here and here, a lobbying group for major corporations, including defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Technologies and Northrop Grumman.
New Hampshire Board Member Ken Solinsky is founder of Insight Technologies, a night vision and electro-optical systems firm acquired by L-3 Communications.
New Hampshire Chairman and Advisory Board Member Walt Havenstein is the former chief executive of BAE Systems and SAIC, two of the largest defense contractors in America. Havenstein, who left SAIC in 2012, was paid partially in company stock options.
And blogger Joshua Huminski worked in 2013 as a spokesperson for Aegis Defense Services, a contractor that provided security services to U.S. facilities in Afghanistan. Aegis did not respond to a request asking if Huminski is still employed there.
The MIC certainly do have willing candidates: Infowars 16 Dec. 2015
Gov. Chris Christie was asked by CNN host Wolf Blitzer, “If the U.S. imposed a no-fly zone over Syria and a Russian plane encroached, invaded that no-fly zone, would you be prepared to shoot down that Russian plane and risk war with Russia?”
“Not only would I be prepared to do it, I would do it,” Christie replied. “A no-fly zone means a no-fly zone, Wolf. That’s what it means.”
“And yes, we would shoot down the planes of Russian pilots if in fact they were stupid enough to think that this president was the same feckless weakling that the president we have in the Oval Office is right now,” he added.
And Ohio Gov. John Kasich thinks “It´s about we punch the Russians in the nose”!
Well, one nearly gets happy with feckless Muslim Obama who is now caving in to world ruler Vladimir Putin:
InfoWars 16 Dec. 2015: Multiple news reports have revealed how NATO and its allies have spent years supporting Islamic jihadists to try and topple Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
So, after meeting President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry capitulated and said he accepted Russia’s request that the U.S. let the Syrian people decide Assad’s political fate. “The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change,” Kerry told reporters on Tuesday .
(In fact regime change was the reason for the US starting the Syrian chaos).
What the Syrians think does not matter to the MIC