Saturday, September 20, 2014

Conflict Of Interest Exposed In the ISIS Iraq-Syria Debate

By Horatio Green

Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, left, 
visits with former Army Vice-Chief of Staff Gen. Jack Keane
during a Defense Policy Board meeting at the Pentagon 
on Tuesday, Nov.29, 2011: DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
Flickr Creative Commons, license Attribution 2.0 Generic
Nation Magazine’s Lee Fang provides enlightening, yet not surprising insights into the cable news reporting on the ISIS threat. He writes that some retired generals and other military experts promoting military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stand to gain financially from it. 

They “… have skin in the game as paid directors and advisers to some of the largest military contractors in the world,” which the news’ programs don’t disclose.

Fang particularly targets retired generals Jack Keane, Anthony Zinni, and former Department of Homeland Security official Frances Townsend.

Keane is a special adviser to Academi, a private American military company formerly known as Blackwater; a board member to tank and aircraft manufacturer General Dynamics; a “venture partner” to SCP Partners, an investment firm that partners with defense contractors, including XVionics, an “operations management decision support system” company used in Air Force drone training.

Townsend “holds positions in two investment firms with defense company holdings, MacAndrews & Forbes and Monument Capital Group, and serves as an advisor to defense contractor Decision Sciences.” 

Moreover, any military spending, including supplies of arms and equipment amounts to substantial profit, not only for the defense industry but also for the complicated network of contracts and contractors that support the industry.

Just think what state these industries would be in if military action, support, and the supply of arms and equipment to the Middle Eastern countries would end.

Just imagine the great benefit that would be derived if it did end, and instead all of those dollars spent at home for the wellbeing of Americans, their education, and our country’s infrastructure.

The Pentagon, homeland security, and war industries are the greatest threat to our security, and they are a huge impediment to achieving peace and stability, not ISIS.

Copyright © 2014 Horatio Green