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Originally posted by THE_PROFESSIONAL
USA had to save Britain in WW2, and USA became the ruling state afterwards
Israel may save USA in WW3, and eventually become the ruling state afterwards.
"While our slush funds grew steadily, unusual overhead costs diminished the profits. True, we were selling weapons to the Iranians with a 50 percent to 400 percent mark-up on the ex-factory price, but the actual cost of procuring and delivering them was high, too. There was a huge network of arms brokers to be paid, money to be handed over to those involved in "smokescreen" deals, bribes to be paid to politicians and civil servants, campaign "donations" to be made around the world, and other expenses. The "donations" sometimes cost more than the weapons themselves.
NEW YORK - The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down, Osama bin Laden is dead and the federal government is deeply in debt. This spells the end of what was a golden decade for the defense industry. In the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks, the annual defense budget has more than doubled to $700 billion and annual defense-industry profits have nearly quadrupled, approaching $25 billion last year. Now defense spending is poised to retreat, and so are industry profits. "We're about to go into the downhill side of the roller coaster here," said David Berteau, a defense-industry analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Just as the post-9/11 “war on terror" was used to justify the U.S.’ increased militarism in Asia Pacific and elsewhere in the world, the heightened territorial disputes in the South China Sea are now being spun to boost the Pentagon’s China encirclement strategy.
WAR is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
Originally posted by Mister_Bit
Makes me laugh all this talk of Iran being toothless and so on..
What is one of the 1st major rules of war?
NEVER underestimate your enemy, British did with the Zulus and got slaughtered, US did it with the Natives and got slaughtered, US did it in Afica with the Germans and got their proverbials handed to them, Germans did it with the Russians... so many to list.
Originally posted by lonewolf19792000
reply to post by ROYALMARINE1987
The other countries folded fast? You call 10 years fast? That was just Iraq, were still in afghanistan and sending more troops there.