Originally posted by no1marauder
The thread title is the provocative first sentence of the article "American People Should Hold War Lobby Accountable for Libya Debacle" written by Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute. It's a depressing review of the Libyan intervention and its present consequences (one of which is, naturally, a call for more intervention). Read it here:
The article mentions other countries in which the USA recently waged war. But there is more to it than even that:
"The United States is by far the world’s largest arms trader, accounting for around 30 per cent of conventional arms transfers in terms of value. Its position on the ATT is therefore key. Countries supplied: The USA supplies arms to more than 170 countries
and has a mixed record of suspending arms supplies on human rights grounds."
So the war lobby doesn't much care who mans their weapons as long as they are purchased and used. (It doesn't even care who pays for them, as long as the payments are made.)
There is a country by country breakdown of recipients of USA and Russian arms at:
The UAE is the biggest USA customer (it is listed as receiving arms from both the USA and Russia.)
But take a look at India's purchases from Russia!