“War is good business for those in the business of war,” write William Hartung and Stephen Miles in a recent Huffington Post article. Noting estimates of $12 million a day in outright waste, fraud, and abuse during the recent (or ongoing?) wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they suggest the new (renewed?) war in Iraq and Syria will be a “prime opportunity for outright corruption and malfeasance.”
What’s more, more war means higher profits for arms manufacturers like Raytheon, which makes “Tomahawk” cruise missiles. “The stock prices of the Pentagon’s top contractors have hit all-time highs since the recent wars in Iraq and Syria started two months ago,” Hartung and Miles report.
This is not some kind of coincidence. It’s Governing Under the Influence. #GUI
Take the example of Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. He chairs the board of the US Institute of Peace (this is a true fact!).
Hadley also writes pro-war op-eds for the Washington Post, reports littlesis.org, and has backed Israel’s aggression in Gaza, where Raytheon profits from sales to the Israeli military.
Hadley’s connection to Raytheon is not disclosed in his bio at the Institute of Peace, nor was it revealed in various columns and interviews cited by Littlesis.org.
Littlesis.org calls this a “conflict of interest” for Hadley. It sounds to me that his interest is pretty straightforward.
(Disclosure: the author of this piece is a salaried employee of an anti-war organization.)