Gladly bought, F-15E Strike Eagle fighter aircraft. Image: USAF
Even under Barack Obama, the USA, as the world’s largest arms dealer, profited the most from the crises and wars, something that was not allowed to change under Trump
It is not surprising that the USA as the world’s largest arms dealer profits from wars and crises, at least the arms companies do. President Barack Obama, like Donald Trump, has begun to roll back the militaristic neocon internationalism and interventionism of the Bush presidency. This would also be a good example of how it could continue under Trump, who rejects military intervention, but wants to further strengthen the military, which is why the stock market values of the major U.S. Rustic corporations rose by several percent yesterday.
Obama wanted to pull the U.S. Out of the wars started by Bush with the intentions of regime change in favor of the U.S.-dominated West – and he announced his intention to provide for nuclear disarmament with the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world. Regarding the latter, it must be said that Obama was the first U.S. President to go to Hiroshima this year – with the famous "Suitcase", to give the order to fire nuclear weapons. But he has done everything else than to even initiate a disarmament.
Instead, by deepening the conflict with China as well as Russia and continuing the buildup of the global missile defense shield, a new nuclear weapons program was launched, which was described as a "Modernization" The project, which is described as a "project that could consume hundreds of billions up to a trillion US dollars in the next few years. In addition, Great Britain was urged to modernize its nuclear weapons with the cooperation of the United States.
Remote-controlled combat drones instead of soldiers. The MQ-9 Reaper became a big seller with the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Image: DoD
Obama also failed to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, but meanwhile sent troops back into Iraq and Syria. The military interventionism with rough army and ground troops that Bush cultivated was made only slightly more invisible and cheaper by Obama – with the expansion of drone warfare and aerial bombing, the often covert use of special forces, the expansion of intelligence agencies, and a mixture of diplomacy, rustication, and money. One of the few successes could have been the nuclear deal with Iran.
A serious look at the military legacy of the Obama presidency is also offered by the balance of arms sales – and to whom the U.S. Sells its weapons. During his presidency, international arms sales increased steadily from the Cold War peak in the mid-1980s to 2005, with early peaks in 2012 and 2013. U.S. Arms sales increased in particular, but Russia’s also increased similarly. Wars not only have the advantage that the warring parties need supplies of weapons and ammunition and that countries that feel threatened are ruffled, but wars can also be used to test new weapons and present them to the market in order to find buyers.
During Obama’s presidency, arms sales to foreign countries totaled $278 billion, more than twice as much as during Bush’s equally long presidency, when deals totaled only $128 billion. This is also due to the fact that in 2013 the regulation of arms sales was reduced.
The Pentagon has just released figures on approved arms sales for fiscal year 2016 from October 2015 to September 2016. Demand for U.S. Weapons remains high, the Pentagon’s arms sales division, the Security Cooperation Agency, asserts. Approved $33.6 billion.
A number of initiatives have been launched with government agencies, the defense industry, which is disguised as a defense industry, and foreign partners to ensure that demand in the area of foreign military sales is met efficiently "efficiently" is met. Here, 2.9 billion was sold, 5 billion was generated through military aid and 25.7 billion through partner nations. Vice Admiral Joseph Rixey proudly declares that there has been a steady increase for the past decade: "Our partners continue to seek the quality products and services that we offer." It should be noted that 40 billion US dollars worth of sales were approved in 2015. However, this does not include contracts for the sale of combat aircraft to Gulf states worth 7 billion, which will still be executed in 2016. On the other hand, sales are approved, but not immediately done. In the last Bush year, 2007, only 16.7 billion was approved; in the first Obama year, 27 billion.
Saudi Arabia, a model democracy, is by far the largest recipient of arms sales contracts, with 115 billion. With American planes and bombs, the part of Yemen controlled by Huthi rebels, former government units and tribes is being flattened, with no regard for civilians. On the other hand, the Saudis are sparing the areas controlled by al-Qaeda and IS. After Saudi Arabia.A. F-15 fighter jets, Apache and Blackhawk helicopters, tanks, air defense systems, combat ships, bombs and missiles have been sold to Saudi Arabia or. Approved, but most of the arms deals have not yet been completed. As William Hartung of the Center for International Policy notes, more arms have been approved for the Saudis under Obama than under any previous administration.
The beneficiaries are the big US arms companies like General Dynamics, Boeing or Lockheed Martin. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are preserved or created, and the new President Trump will certainly not take the axe to this. Trump seems to want to make weapons assistance more profitable by demanding that NATO countries also pay for U.S. Military assistance. This is how US soldiers became soldiers.