Did American listen?

It was not a front-page headline story in any newspaper as far as I know. I found the small AP article in the middle of Page 6A in the Feb. 23 edition of the Laurinburg Exchange. Granted, the news presented would not have been of front-page headline importance to most readers, but the result may make headlines for many years to come.

Richard Lardner’s article was titled: “GOP backers of defense budget hike got millions in donations.” The first paragraph read: “House Republicans urging a steep increase in the Pentagon’s budget have received $10 million in campaign contributions over the course of their congressional careers from defense contractors that would benefit from higher levels of military spending.” Is it just me, or does that sound like bribery to you?

The answer is in the second paragraph: “The 34 GOP lawmakers, all members of the House Armed Services Committee, are pressing for an $18 billion increase in the 2017 budget year, which begins Oct. 1.”

How quickly will defense contractors recoup their $10 million while gaining countless $ billions in profit from the increased military spending the recipients of their campaign contributions are pressing for?

How much more profit will they make if a future administration successfully creates another “weapons of mass destruction/yellow cake” lie, and sacrifices thousands more U.S. troops on the altar of war profiteering?

In his farewell address, President Dwight David Eisenhower predicted the formation of a military industrial complex that would create unnecessary war for profit. Did America listen? How many more unnecessary wars will defense contractors dictate to their “bought and paid for” political puppets who remain safely stateside with them, while U.S. troops die needlessly in harm’s way?

Think about it, please.

Robert C. Currie Jr.