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Despite campaign-trail overtures to progressives, a Joe Biden presidency appears to spell a go back to normalcy in the most time-honored American way: by positioning the military-industrial complex in charge of the countrys defense.
Joe Bidens campaign message focused almost entirely on Donald Trump, and on Bidens expected capability to “unify” a polarized electorate and “restore the soul of America.” Considering that he claimed victory last week, Bidens prospective administration has started to take shape, and the reality behind the rhetoric has actually begun to emerge.
On matters of defense, bring back Americas “soul” obviously suggests placing weapons makers back in charge of the Pentagon.
The return of the Obama adults in a Joe Biden administration is likely to spell destroy for America
Biden has actually defeated Trump. Fulfill the brand-new manager … like the old manager Also on the group are Susanna Blume and Ely Ratner, who work for the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Another hawkish think-tank, CNAS is funded by Google, Facebook, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. 3 more group members– Stacie Pettyjohn, Christine Wormuth and Terri Tanielian– were most just recently employed by the RAND corporation, which draws financing from the US military, NATO, numerous Gulf states, and numerous state and corporate sources.
Michele Flournoy is extensively tipped to lead the Pentagon under Biden. Flournoy would be the first woman in history to head the Defense Department, however her consultation would just be innovative on the surface area. Flournoy is the co-founder of CNAS, and served in the Pentagon under Obama and Bill Clinton. As under secretary of defense for policy under Obama, Flournoy assisted craft the 2010 troop rise in Afghanistan, a deployment of 100,000 US troops that resulted in a doubling in American deaths and made little measurable development towards ending the war.
Forever war returns
President Trump, who campaigned on stopping the United States “forever wars” in the Middle East and stays the first United States president in 40 years not to begin a brand-new conflict, has nevertheless also staffed the Pentagon with hawkish officials. Just recently ousted Defense Secretary Mark Esper was a leading lobbyist for Raytheon, while his predecessor, Patrick Shanahan, worked for Boeing. Trumps consultation this week of National Counterterrorism Center Director Christopher Miller as acting secretary of defense, coupled with battle veteran Col. Douglas MacGregor as senior consultant, looked set to buck that trend, given MacGregors vocal opposition to Americas Middle Eastern wars.
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Biden revealed his Department of Defense landing group on Tuesday. Of these 23 policy experts, one third have actually taken financing from arms makers, according to a report released today by Antiwar.com.
A knot of hawks
Leading the group is Kathleen Hicks, an undersecretary of defense in the Obama administration, and a staff member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS ), a think tank moneyed by a host of NATO governments, oil firms, and weapons makers Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and General Atomics. The latter firm produces the Predator drones used by the Obama administration to eliminate hundreds of civilians in a minimum of four Middle-Eastern countries.
Hicks was a singing challenger of President Donald Trumps strategy to withdraw a number of United States soldiers from Germany, declaring in August that such a move “benefits our adversaries.”
2 other members of Bidens Pentagon team, Andrew Hunter and Melissa Dalton, work for CSIS and served under Obama in the Defense Department.
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Miller and MacGregor might not be in workplace for long, if Trumps legal challenges against Bidens evident success fail. Ought to that happen, Bidens progressive voters may be in for a rude reawakening when the previous vice president returns to the White House.
Numerous of these progressives were advocates of Bernie Sanders throughout the Democratic primaries, while others likely held their nose and chose Biden out of opposition to Trump. Reps. Barbara Lee (California) and Mark Pocan (Wisconsin), 2 noteworthy progressives, wrote to Biden on Tuesday asking him not to nominate a defense secretary connected to the weapons industry.
Lee and Pocan mentioned President Dwight D. Eisenhowers 1961 farewell address, in which he cautioned of the “dreadful increase” of the “military-industrial complex.”
Given Bidens fondness for Flournoy, whom he tapped in 2016 to head the Pentagon under a possible Hillary Clinton administration, the former vice president appears unconcerned about reducing the influence of the armaments industry.
The market apparently roots for Joe, too. As Donald Trump surged ahead of Biden on election night, stocks in Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and the Carlyle Group all dropped. Just when counting in swing states stopped and resumed, offering Biden the advantage, did they climb once again.
Should a Biden administration make great on running mate Kamala Harris post-election pledge to go back to regime-change operations in Syria, these firms and their fans in the Pentagon stand to make a killing.
Nevertheless, anti-war leftists, progressives, and Bernie Sanders supporters might soon recognize that ballot for a Democrat who supported the Iraq War, rather of a Republican who called it “the worst single error ever made in the history of our nation,” may simply benefit the military-industrial complex more than the “soul of America.”
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Biden has actually beat Trump. Michele Flournoy is widely tipped to lead the Pentagon under Biden. Trumps appointment this week of National Counterterrorism Center Director Christopher Miller as acting secretary of defense, combined with combat veteran Col. Douglas MacGregor as senior adviser, looked set to buck that trend, provided MacGregors vocal opposition to Americas Middle Eastern wars.
As Donald Trump surged ahead of Biden on election night, stocks in Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and the Carlyle Group all dropped. Just when counting in swing states resumed and stopped, providing Biden the advantage, did they climb up once again.
Its probably great that all the big arms contractor stocks plummeted when it looked like Trump won however then escalated once it ended up being clear Biden would be the one to take workplace. pic.twitter.com/CKEZNS53Gx— Hillary Fan (@HillaryFan420) November 7, 2020