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Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.

The Military-Industrial Complex is more than I thought it was. US Government contracts are a source of profit for corporations, and not just the major arms makers such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

Defence contracts, no doubt regardless of the country are big business and with that goes vested interests. What may not be apparent is that non-arms producers are heavily involved. At AlterNet, Nick Turse writes:

Most Americans will never buy anything directly from Lockheed Martin, Boeing or Northrop Grumman, but many have spent money on Crest toothpaste (Procter & Gamble), Cheerios (General Mills), a PlayStation 3 (Sony) or paid for cell phone service from AT&T or Verizon – all of them big-time defense contractors. These and other large corporations have done very well, reaping rewards not only from Americans at the checkout counter but from their tax dollars by way of the Pentagon. Meanwhile, halfway across the planet, large numbers of Afghans and Iraqis — who have seen their lives upended, their homes destroyed, and their family members killed and wounded — have suffered as a direct result of the efforts of these and other members of the military-corporate complex.

In addition to the companies listed, Nick Turse, outlines the profitable involvement of BP, Dell, Fed Express, Kraft and Pepsi as suppliers to the Pentagon. It is odd that those who are supposedly critical of government programs and organizations are not critical of the overlapping and reported inefficient intelligence bodies, preferring to cut social programs.



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