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The Military-Industrial Complex to thrive under Biden regime
Biden State Department to approve foreign arms-deal from company that Biden's Defense Secretary sat on the board of a month ago
The U.S. government is set to make an arms-sale to NATO and the Chilean government, which would be among the first since President Joe Biden took over the White House.
The U.S. State Department has approved the first potential sales of weapons under the Biden administration, including communications equipment for NATO and missiles for Chile, in deals with a combined value up to $150 million, the Pentagon said on Friday.
The sales are the first foreign military sales to be announced since U.S. President Joe Biden took office, but since sales take months to process, the genesis of the deals likely dates back to the Trump administration.
Raytheon Technologies was the prime contractor for the weapons. [emphasis mine]
Biden’s Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin III, sat on the board of Raytheon prior to his joining the Biden regime, and Bloomberg reports that he “may receive $750,000 to $1.7 million when he divests his shares in Raytheon and associated entities.” Might those shares now rise in value? Might it not be at Austin’s urging that this deal is being pushed through, ethics pledge be damned? Might Austin not have another seat on Raytheon’s board, and millions of dollars more of shares, especially given his increased stature of being the Secretary of defense, waiting for him when his time in government is through? A cynic could be forgiven for wondering.
I sincerely doubt there’s a large number of people who expected Biden’s presidency to represent any kind of threat to the military-industrial complex, but it’s still disappointing to be proven right when it comes to seemingly endless government corruption. This actual example of fascism in the United States is supported by the establishments of both parties, and even Donald Trump himself enjoyed a good arms deal during his presidency as evidenced by the fact that this particular deal probably began during his time in office. Yet you can bet this is not what they meant when they derided Trump as an authoritarian fascist for the last four years.