Proof that the Military Industrial Complex has a friend in George Bush need look not further than this proud statistic of Bush-Cheney accomplishment.
The Department of Defense has agreed so far this fiscal year to sell or transfer more than $32 billion in weapons and other military equipment to foreign governments, compared with $12 billion in 2005. The category of direct commercial sales has seen an enormous surge as well, as measured by export licenses issued this fiscal year covering an estimated $96 billion, up from $58 billion in 2005, according to the State Department, which must approve the licenses.
By the end of Bush’s term the U.S. could control up to 56% of the worl’d arms trade, up from 40% in 2000. Bush and Cheney can proudly point to these tremendous “market share” gains under their leadership. Only a McCain-Palin executive team can keep us on this wonderful sales trajectory.
“This is not about being gunrunners,” said Bruce S. Lemkin, the Air Force deputy under secretary who is helping to coordinate many of the biggest sales. “This is about building a more secure world.”