by Dennis Ambler
The peaceful President Obama….
US foreign military sales already a record 50 billion dollars, up 70% from 2011 — MercoPress
“Speaking in Washington this week about how the US State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs is engaging with allies and partners to expand the defence trade, the US official cited some key data in the 655 Report released last week, which is an annual report of defence articles and services that were authorized for export.
The report focuses on direct commercial sales, and it showed that there was a more than 10 billion dollars increase in Fiscal Year 2011 in items authorized for transfer. In 2011, the Directorate for Defence Trade Controls, which is part of the Political-Military Bureau, processed more than 83,000 licenses, the most ever.
He said the State Department was going to continue to press and advocate for US arms sales, adding that additional sales are expected in FY13 from countries like India. ”We’ve made tremendous progress in the relationship (with India) over the last decade. We went from nearly zero sales to about 8 billion dollars in arms sales to India,”
One has to wonder what Pachauri has to say about that?
There are some pretty weird people out there and we have all the politicians over in Rio, like Hillary Clinton, posturing about sustainability and here they are selling arms to poor, developing nations, who at some point may use them against the West.