Barack Obama: From Peace Prize To World's Biggest Arms Dealer In 8 Short Years

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Submitted by Darius Shahtahmasebi via TheAntiMedia.org,

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department approved the sale of more military equipment, valued at around $1.15 billion USD, to the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This sounds like a lot of money to most of us, but the most frightening aspect of the sale is that it represents a continuation of an arms-dealing relationship between Washington and the Saudi regime, which has been worth over $50 billion USD in arms sales to date.

It is not an understatement to say Obama’s tears over gun violence are disingenuous considering his administration has enacted a policy of systematically arming the entire world with all manner of warcraft. According to the Department of Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), during his first six years in office, the Obama administration entered into agreements to sell more than $190 billion USD in weaponry worldwide. As the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, William D. Hartung, states, this figure is higher than any U.S. administration since World War II. Perhaps that is why the Nobel secretary has voiced serious regrets about awarding the Peace Prize to the president.

While there are a number of companies who are making an absolute killing from these sales — like Lockheed Martin and Boeing —  the fact remains that the U.S. government actively facilitates this industry in more ways than one.

In 2013, the Obama administration loosened controls over military exports so military equipment could be sent to almost any country in the world with little oversight. U.S. companies began to enjoy fewer checks than they had in the past. For example, thanks to the Obama administration, weapons manufacturers can now send military parts to most regions of the world without a license, which makes it easier for companies to extend their market — even to countries that are on the U.N. arms embargo list. This is because, according to Colby Goodman, an arms-control expert with the Open Society Policy Center, once an item is approved for that exemption, there may no longer be any ongoing, country-specific human rights review as had been conducted previously.

As Mr. Hartung observed, all of this raises a number of issues when dealing with global security:

“36 US allies—from Argentina and Bulgaria to Romania and Turkey—will no longer need licenses from the State Department to import weapons and weapons parts from the United States. This will make it far easier for smuggling networks to set up front companies in such countries and get US arms and arms components that they can then pass on to third parties like Iran or China. Already a common practice, it will only increase under the new regulations.”

The expansion of this industry is already well under way, and the U.S. is at the helm. According to Vice News, as of February of this year, the U.S. had sold weapons to nearly half of the countries in the world. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute found American exports reportedly made up a third of the global trade. A congressional report found that for 2014 alone, the U.S. made $36.2 billion in arms sales.

The Middle East region, hardly known for its peace and security, accounts for approximately 40 percent of U.S. weapons exports. Nearly ten percent of U.S. arms exports between 2011-2015 were sent to Saudi Arabia, and a further 9.1 percent went to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who are primarily responsible for the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Yemen. But Obama is not merely turning a blind eye to the atrocities in Yemen — his policies are enabling its destruction.

The Obama administration is also doling out weapons elsewhere. In May of this year, the White House lifted its arms embargo against Vietnam — a country once ravaged by the United States — and is set to become a rising recipient of U.S. weaponry. The target of the move is China, as Vietnam has been one of the countries participating in a stand-off with China over tensions in the South China sea.

The current U.S. arms industry is worth more than $70 billion a year but no major news outlet is talking about it. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are not talking about it, except as far as to state how much more fantastically militaristic they can make the U.S. government.

In spite of politicians’ and weapons companies’ enthusiasm for an arms industry that generates over $70 billion per year, the glut of sales has not provided the world with security. As CNN has reported, the State Department’s 2017 budget request is likely to include more funding for African armies in places like Mali, Somalia, and Nigeria. The U.S. already has a long history of meddling in these nations — and actually helped create the very terror threat they supposedly want to fight there.

Where will this end?

Providing countries with arms so they can confront a nuclear power like China is not going to provide the world with security. There are many who paint China to be the aggressor in the region, however, even if that is the case, provoking these conflicts and making billions of dollars in the process only benefits a select few — none of whom will ever have to feel the pain they inflict on the rest of the world.

This isn’t a case of companies making a profit because the government has little to no say in regulating what goes on. In any given arms sale, the U.S. government is involved in the entire process. Yet this is the same government that claims to passionately care about gun violence domestically while enabling chaos and destruction around the world.

They can hardly be said to be leading by example with their current track record.

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Seek_Truth's picture

"The head of that statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. "You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them." - Daniel 2:32-34

The prophesy is being fulfilled.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

pfft.. $1.15 billion is only 6 and a half generic F-35's.

6 and a half empty F-35's.

Hell, at the going MIC rate it would probably only buy enough FMJ ammo for half a battalion.

If they were selling Russian arms on the other hand I would be worried.

AVmaster's picture

Who said they were selling?

 

They buy the russian stuff from former USSR countries *cough* ukraine *cough* that are in knee deep in debt. They then load the stuff into C-130's and dump it into the middle of a field in the middle of nowhere somewhere in syria where it just so happens that  a bunch of FSA/ISIS guys where hanging out at...

There's plenty of liveleak videos showing this, plus warehouses full of US gear that is captured they don't even bother hiding it anymore...

And of course we know the rest of the story....

ACES FULL's picture

Do as I say,not as I do. Certainly hurts his "Black Jesus" persona appointed by the press(titutes).

Handful of Dust's picture

I read weapons export is USA #1 export. But in return we get all those cheap toys from China!

Here2Go's picture
Here2Go (not verified) AVmaster Aug 18, 2016 6:14 AM

Wouldn't that violate the Logan Act? Oh Wait! Nevermind

AVmaster's picture

LOL! With this president?

 

Ur kidding right?

j0nx's picture

Haha the same psychos that want to take our guns away are simultaneously arming the rest of the 3rd world. Keep dreaming about disarming Americans. Not in this life bitches.

JamesBond's picture

If you know your neighbor has a really big gun, it tends to keep you off his yard.  

 

jb

Croesus's picture

Obama - International Arms Dealer of the Year, Gun Salesman of the Year...who needs a Peace Prize?

mog's picture

Misery.

Death.

Terror.

Terrorists.

Terrorism.

And Weaponry.

MIC.

Thats the main US exports these days..

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

... and lots and lots of promissory notes... and lots and lots of threats.

JRobby's picture

There is also that great video series on how to commit treason that seems to sell well....

CatsPaw's picture

You forgot Dollars.

Wahooo's picture

And THAT is fucking bullish!

beijing expat's picture

I don't give a shit about the arms, it's his comitting genocide in places like Syria and lying his ass off about it with 100% support from the corporate lameo. Media that does my head in.

Today everyone is running the same shitty story about white helmet jihadis pulling some kid from the rubble.

Total bullshit. Fake picture. Fucking lies from the same assholes who wonder how the Germans could be such savages? It's because the leader lies and the press backs him up. That's how.

Fuck The whole rotten shitshow. I hope trump wins and makes these pricks accountable for their crimes.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

I've just watched a recent press conference with Bumbling Boris Johnson and Lurch Kerry in which they lamented about the priority of the 'unfolding humanitarian crisis in Yemen and Syria'.

Each crisis is of their own doing in an obvious attempt to achieve regime change/ power/ control as imperial overlords... all the while allowing the MIC to reap enormous profits at the death, destruction, pain, suffering and misery of others.

nmewn's picture

Its the Krugman-Pelosi economic doctrine, you have to break it before you can build it. First bombs, then...schools, "infrastructure projects" along with flushing toilets!

Broken windows & invading Martians with shovels or sumpin.

css1971's picture

Krugmanism

Krugmanian policies. That could fly.

Here2Go's picture
Here2Go (not verified) nmewn Aug 18, 2016 6:17 AM

"Fucking lies from the same assholes who wonder how the Germans could be such savages? It's because the leader lies and the press backs him up."

 

Yeah, but those evil Germans wanted to prevent head lice infestations. The very root of all evil.

SubjectivObject's picture

How many history books do you need to read in order to get that punchline?

SubjectivObject's picture

How many history books do you need to read in order to get that punchline?

Stan522's picture

You also should be more upset that there are American citizens that actually believes him and still do.... Sad statement on how many lemmings are here and they are all going to vote for hildabeast.... 

nati's picture

Obama pontificates about "a world without nuclear weapons" then spends $1 trillion beefing up America's nuclear arsenal.

Obama ludicrously claims "guns make us less safe" then proceeds to make weapons sales America's cash cow.

Obama validates institutional racism myth when white cops shoot black thugs, quietly continues his golf game when black thugs riot and threaten, beat and even shoot white people.

Davidduke2000's picture

obama is expecting 40 virgin trannies when he dies, he is used to one for such a long time. 

paint it red call it hell's picture

Psst, there is no such thing as a virgin trannie.................. ssshhhhhhhh

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Hope he gets 40 more wookies just like the one he's got.

SmittyinLA's picture

4000 Hellfire missiles directly from Lockheed through OBama/Clinton to UAE to ISIS

Those guys in the white robes don't get dirty.

Only a matter of time before they're used to shoot down airliners.

sdmjake's picture

Disgusting. That was 3 months ago... a few months after sending 5,000 hellfire missiles to Iraq. 

It is utter MADNESS and yet, according to my local news, the problem is my AR-15...

Skiprrrdog's picture

Lets all pray that it will be Air Farce One...

beijing expat's picture

Sitting American Senator calls scumbag Obamas war in Syria the most despicable act in American history: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WrKteSrZJbY

nmewn's picture

Is the senator being asked to apologize to Obama, like Rep Joe Wilson? Are drum barrels full of ink being spilled across millions of square yards of newspaper advising he sure better...or else?

nmewn's picture

So NOW the horse blinders that kept those pesky little truthy gnats out of your eyes have to fallen away...after EIGHT YEARS?...lol.

Hark!The sun is rising!

Its burning off the fog of PC, touchy-feely political bullshit, revealing...not your "messiah"...with his patented .gov media photo shopped halo floating magically above his head and fawned over as "some sort of a god" by leftwing statists far & wide...but...just some skinny little half black dude bearing falsified credentials...from...Chicago (of all places)...not the "professor of Constitutional law" you were promised, as evidenced so many times as to make the repitition of that evidence moot, just a boi with a hammer set loose upon the world stage.

Will wonders never cease, who coulda seen that coming?

Stan522's picture

Yes, those horse blinders are gone concerning obama...... But a new industrial strength version are being erected concerning hillary... Except these are much bigger.... 

paint it red call it hell's picture

Selling arms must be like smokin dope. It starts out smokin just a little, then escalates out of control.

By some accounts, barry would be very familiar with this concept.....

nmewn's picture

Now try and wrap your head around the concept of a Secret Service detail guarding his daughter, at a concert in Chicago, watching intently as she smokes some weed. Did they check it first...sort of a "kings taster" kinda thingy?

And then try figure out how she got it, the mechanism involved. I mean, how does that even work?

Does Snoop Dog just come waltzing into the WH saying "Skizzle on da fizzle dizzle!" or is it something more "official looking", like the DC Chief of Police paying a visit with "a gift" from the evidence room?

Inquiring minds an all ;-)

ACES FULL's picture

Serious question. Is there really a story out there that his daughter was smoking weed at a concert? Nothing surprises me anymore,just wondering if I missed the story.

DuneCreature's picture

On film. ..  Google it, it's probably still out there.

You can't tell WHAT it is she's tokeing on but she's huffing on something.

Surprised? ... Don't be.

How do you make a teenager do something? .. Tell them not to.

Live Hard, Life Is One Big Living Experiment, Die Free

~ DC v2.0

sdmjake's picture

Actually i think its legal in DC. They just stop the motorcade at the dispensary to pick up a little sour diesel then off to the show...

Last of the Middle Class's picture

This is what happens when you openly fellate the masters of the universe who control the press. Anything is possible.

Atomizer's picture

Obama will be noted as the largest gun salesman in history. His counterpart, DHS while go down in history as largest purchasing entity for bullets.

Gee wally, do you think there planning to collapse the financial system?  

Stu Elsample's picture

 I too have helped King Nigger Boy be #1 on the "top gun salesmen" list.

Stan522's picture

He's not even that..... His ancestry brings him back to Northern Africa, which was Muslim headquarters of slave trader's. He and his ancestors brought blacks against their will to this country.... Let that sink in black America.....! 

JailBanksters's picture

Peace Through Superior Firepower



Stan522's picture

Well,  then it's the piece prize instead.... He gets it less than two months in office only because the Nobel committee believed this first lying black president.... Just shows you how gullible libs are.......