5 companies profiting most from war

When the US military goes into action, there are big companies behind the war machine.

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Mar 13, 2014 10:39AM
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Ike warned us, but money won. How many wars have we had since he left office in 1961?  With the possible exception of Afghanistan, none of them was caused by an attack on our country, and other than the first Gulf War, none of them has resulted in favorable outcome for our country.
Mar 13, 2014 6:46AM
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Those profiting the least from war-mongers...

The American People.
Mar 13, 2014 9:11AM
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Bank of England proposes a SIX-YEAR claw-back of executive salaries. I like it. Where is anything similar to that for our own corrupt bankers? 
Mar 13, 2014 1:09PM
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Right, Senor the market is not about morality. OUR AMERICAN Capitalism  is NOT suppose to be just about the money. Seems we have forgotten the other two components. The human capital of a company (HR) and the social capital of a company (community involvement).  War is good for markets but not for the troops we send and then give the shaft to when they get home. We have lost focus on our common values as a nation and it is sad. We also invaded a country and now are telling the Russians we do not approve and will not let it happen even if they have a vote. Because we believe in democracy?  Of course Russia has strategic interests in Georgia and the base they already have in the Ukraine. Would we act any differently if it was our base? Let them split, sell of the crooked Presidents gold and get their finances back in order. We can't give every country a loan and then cut off food to our own Americans.
Mar 13, 2014 6:45AM
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The companies profiting most from war-mongering are:

Haliburton
Bechtel
JP Morgan Chase
Exxon Mobil
Google
Mar 13, 2014 10:09AM
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how can anyone say "Military spending is down, but business is still booming" when the DOD budget goes up every single year?!?!?!?!
Mar 13, 2014 3:09PM
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Trump has been running his stupid yap about Putin.Whatever Trump says just go the other way

and you`ll be correct.Trump should stick to things he know something about like divorce,losing

money on casinos and having banks gives him bridge loans to cover his mistakes.

Mar 13, 2014 6:43AM
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In the book: The Loan Pushers, by authors: Darity and Horn... you will find an excellent description of the actual American Way. The people and entities in it actually believe they ARE America. It works like this... evil sends agents out into the world to seek out frustration at odds with frustration. There is a rapport-building time where the agent becomes the confidant of both sides and begins to arrange a coup. American banks readily fund both sides. The funds buy weapons, strategies and instructors to teach war to ignorance over frustration. The winner is determined by which side is most likely to buy future help. Then there is war. The war is costly and takes only the bank's duped shareholders by surprise. The losses mount up, the banks beg us to bail them and we do. Everyone gets paid except the tax-payer. NOTE: I didn't say anything about parties, presidents or politics... because this doesn't truly involve them, it's purely WEALTH and country club business.
Mar 13, 2014 11:36AM
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This is why Republicans love war so much.They don`t love it enough to fight in wars.Let the poor do

that.

Mar 13, 2014 1:31PM
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Again its the politicians and ultimately the American people. After all who put these people in powerful positions?--- Actually that is a good part of what our problem is, we vote for people, they get in and then do nothing but run and run again, cater to those with money, lie, and do not do what they say or promise to do when running for the election, AND WE HAVE NO WAY to enforce anything, so we vote next time around for the next lazy, bought, liar.
Mar 13, 2014 9:08AM
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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse:

- Accountants
- Financiers
- Administrators
- Politicians

The ONLY Horse to Power Recovery:

- Free Enterprise

YOUR Horse is high on Kool Aid.

- Where is OUR recovery? 
- America is done with this fake one.
- ACT or JUMP, stop sitting on salary.

Crash the markets. Close the banks. End the Federal Reserve. Get RID of Wall Street. Get it done, idiots. A war over fiat printed paper kills everyone and everything. You aren't worth it. 
Mar 13, 2014 10:39AM
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There will always be a "top five" spend. I say the real trick is smart spend. Instead of maintaining all the military bases all over the world I say bring them home, rebuild them hear. The money will be spent completlely here. Think of what this would do for our economy. Construction, wages, buys property, dozers, trucks, cars, everything. All spent here at home. Massive.
Mar 23, 2014 3:05PM
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The biggest death machine dealers in the world?   The USA and Russia.  
Mar 12, 2014 9:24PM
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I'm a retired senior. I make less than 15,000.00 a yr. My daughter and my granddaughter moved from Texas to California to be closer to me so as to help me around my apt and take me to the doctor go shopping to the grocery store. She applied for food stamps and was awarded food stamps. She is NOT taker or 47 percenter. She is out looking for a job everyday of the week. Yet this week the Federal govt. cut her off from food stamps. She is not Black , Brown, nor Yellow. She is White. She is being offered a job within a month. But she needs help within that month. wwjd.
Mar 23, 2014 12:51AM
Mar 23, 2014 4:26PM
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I find a certain dark humor in justifying the continued manufacture of Abrams tanks that no one wants or needs because stopping the manufacture would cost jobs while refusing to support highway and bridge construction as if that were some sort of government sponsored welfare program.  It's only one example of misguided priorities.  There are many, many more examples if you choose to look.
Mar 23, 2014 7:11AM
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The article should be titled, "Which Political Party Profits The Most From War". And of course the answer would be those chicken hawk repubes/teanuts. The gop starts wars from lies they manufacture and send everyone else to die while their own families get lots of deferments also based on lies. Then they give each other lots of no bid contracts(haliburton and **** cheney) and they rake in the profits by the billions while Americans die. Republicans live by creating and spreading the fear to their dumbed down fox noise constituents which then buy into it hook line and sinker. The repubes/teanuts never met a war they didn't love $$$$$$$. They gop successfully tanked the country on the last two senseless wars while simultaneously giving two huge tax breaks to the wealthy. And they have the balls to talk about fiscal responsibility and the debt........what a joke.
Mar 13, 2014 12:19PM
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And the beat goes on....Manipulators called to accelerate at 1205 hrs and now we are down triple digits in the Dow....Surprising? Not at all, like we said earlier, being up over 55 points this morning made little sense when scumbags own the floor today, on and off actually....Forget the decent economic news this morning, those do not move markets, people do...Now we are watching these dirt bags lie, cheat and steal and there is not a whole lot we can do about it...We will see...More later.
Mar 23, 2014 10:10PM
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It seems that much of the disagreement about U.S. military spending is based on an either-or way of thinking. Either we spend this much, or we will put the American people and its interests at great risk. Either we outspend the rest of the developed world by a very large margin, or we will not maintain our global power. Either we spend hundreds of billions of dollars per year on building weapons and defense systems, or people in those industries will lose their jobs and the economy will suffer.  

 

Each one of those facets above could be debated extensively. But it does seem reasonable to suggest that there might be better ways to use some of these tax dollars and especially the talents and skills of those employed in the defense industry. I think it's a shame that we allocate hundereds of billions of dollars each year to build weapons systems that seem to become less and less relevant in this new age of global terrorism, when better intelligence is really the key. Most terrorists groups don't care how many aircraft carriers or B-2 stealth bombers we have. Perhaps some of that money might be better spent by an agency like NASA, whose FY 2013 current budget was at an all-time low of approximately $17 billion (when adjusted for inflation). To put that into perspective, just one B2 stealth bomber costs about $2.1 billion and the war in Iraq cost upwards of $650 billion (in addition to the lives lost and all of the injuries). Imagine what NASA could accomplish if their budget were doubled or tripled, to say $50 billion/year. They could create new technologies that we cannot even conceive of today. This assertion is based largely on the remarkable achievements of the agency since it was founded in 1958. I can think of no other agency that has inspired not only Americans, but many others around the world, to the extent that NASA has. While some defense-related jobs would be lost in this reallocation of tax dollars, many good, high-skilled jobs would be created by NASA and the companies that support them. I would wager that there are plenty of Americans that would rather use their knowlege and skills to push the boundaries of science, technology, and exploration as opposed to designing and building more weapons that the world does not need. Our galaxy is truly an enormous place, and we have just begun to discover what lies outside our own solar system.

Mar 23, 2014 10:29AM
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This is why their political puppets like McCain and Lindsey Graham promote war !

In 2012 alone, the top 5 corrupt Republican military corporates profits were almost 11 billion dollars !

Their total employment was 542.6 million !

Can you see how CAPITALISM DOESN''T WORK, CAN'T WORK  and NEVER EVER WILL WORK !!

It only breeds CAPITALISTIC GREED and WARS, JUST WHAT WE DON'T NEED OR WANT !

They are just some of the causes of Benghazi's the world over under the FALSE GUISE of "INTERNATIONAL MARKETING" that has MADE SLAVES of the American People right in their very own country!

We need to bring the AMerican People's wealth back home where it can provide jobs & pensions for them instead of the WALL STREET ONE-PERCENTERS, their FOREVER VACATIONING CEO'S and their INFILTRATED, "HAND-PICKED" political puppets like McCain & Graham! They are TOTALLY USELESS TO THE TRUE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE! They are destroying the USA because of their OUT OF CONTROL, Uncontrolled Capitalistic Greed !!

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