Tuesday, October 7, 2014

KaBoom & ChaChing! Wall St. Cheers as Military Industrial Profits explode

 Wall St cheers as US bombs are used to blow up US-made equipment that will all need replacing
It looks like it is going to be a good year for America’s arms industry after all.

Things were looking bleak – at least by the standards of the US war machine – until Jihadi John and his cohorts started chopping off heads in the name of the Islamic State and over-running nation states blessed with oil supplies.
Good thing the beheadings, that didn't take place, could be used by the all consuming/destroying war machine to breath new life into those sagging profits. Cui Bono?
Obama came to office as the “no more war” president and although his definition of war seems to exclude death by drone or special forces he has brought home most of the forces that had been fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This has had a dire effect on the production lines and bank accounts of what President Eisenhower so presciently named back in 1961 the Military-Industrial Complex. Share prices flattened on Wall Street, and blue-collar workers assembling the Humvees and smart bombs of contemporary combat were the first to lose their jobs as demand fell.
In Washington, Congress has been preparing a Pentagon appropriations bill of just $58.6 billion – that is $20 billion down on this year’s budget, and a huge hit on the fortunes of those who reap the profits of war.
But the boom is back in the nick of time.
The campaign to “degrade” Islamic State fighters from the air – already being deemed a failure, but we won’t go there – is calculated to have cost $1 billion so far, and that’s only the start of it.

Just three days after Washington took the war to Syria a fortnight ago, the Pentagon signed a $251 million dollar contract with Raytheon Co to replace the 47 cruise missiles fired in the opening barrage. This week came news that Apache helicopters (manufactured by Boeing) armed with Hellfire missiles (Lockheed Martin) have been thrown into the fray outside Baghdad.
Which is why Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel is hard at work negotiating with Congress for a return of a good chunk of the very same $20 billion his Pentagon was negotiating to cut.
"We're going to require additional funding from Congress as we go forward," Hagel said at a news conference on 26 September. "We're working now with appropriate committees on how we go forward with authorisations and funding."
Cui Bono? Always ask who benefits?
The Washington think-tank The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments has estimated that the air campaign alone will cost around $3.8 billion a year at the current level of intensity, all of it being met by the US taxpayer.
"There are plenty of reasons to think that defence spending is going to be on the rise again," Wayne Plucker, an aerospace analyst with research firm Frost & Sullivan, told the Los Angeles Times. "Defence companies are not being harmed by the current situation, I can tell you that much."
Defence companies? There is nothing 'defensive' about those companies. These are companies that enable aggression, on a massive scale. Mass destruction. Mass death. Mass misery
Although Obama has restricted his war on IS to bombardment, there is no reason for manufacturers of ground weapons to despair. IS has stolen most of its equipment from the Iraqi Army, which abandoned billions of dollars’ worth of kit.
So the Tomahawks and smart bombs are blowing up Humvees and American-made armoured personnel carriers, artillery pieces and tanks, all of which will have to be replaced for the next Iraqi or other army to fail in its purpose.
Even more encouraging, business-wise, is that the Arab “allies” with whom Obama has gone to war are also using up stocks of American arms. The LA Times reports that Boeing has already sold 262,000 guidance kits which turn bombs into “smart bombs” to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain, at $25,000 each.
The “privatisation” of war has spread the profits far beyond the makers of ships and planes and bombs. Obama’s sending thousands of private-contractors back to Iraq to help secure “American interests” as well as arm and train the proxy armies taking on the Assad regime and IS in Syria is seasonal good cheer to such companies as Halliburton.
Halliburton became a household name as the largest of the “privatised” contractors to emerge with coffers bulging from the wreckage of Iraq. It had been run by President Dubya Bush’s vice-president Dick Cheney before he left, putting his shares in trust, to run the “neo-con” project and the Iraq War.

According to a March 2013 report by the International Business Times, Halliburton had made $39.5 billion from the Iraq War by the time it was “ended” by Obama, and is still busy there now. Cheney held $39 million in Halliburton stock options when he quit the company in 2000 to take up office, and has been selling them off since retiring.
Is it a co-incidence that Obama declares his war on IS as the mid-term elections loom? Not entirely. The Democrats face a tough fight hanging on to their Senate majority, and further losses in the House of Representatives already in Republican hands.
The Military-Industrial Complex is unrivalled for the distribution of “pork”. That is one reason why military costs are so high: spreading the pork from the public purse to constituencies all over the country has always been more important than efficient concentrations of production. It is the congressman’s job to bring home the bacon, and there are dozens of relieved Democrats going home to face the November polls with fat contracts for subsidiaries of big corporations in their pockets.
The shares of the biggest hogs at the trough - Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics – have all been climbing back to record highs, and all of them are outpacing the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index. Wall Street cheers. ·
This isn't about the pitiful amount of jobs at the weapons makers- This is about profit for those merchants of death.


5 comments:

  1. War Is A Racket
    By Major General Smedley Butler

    CHAPTER ONE

    War Is A Racket

    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.

    A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

    Continues:

    http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html

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  2. Adjunct:

    Glencore looking to roll up Rio Tinto. Touched on this before. Hayward - former partner to Nat Roth in Kurd play - now running GLEN. John Mack - CS and MS fame who recently resigned form Russian energy/bank board- on Board. Rio Tinto long history with Barron Roth and the recent scandal dustup re Israel/Brazil/UK/Rio in massive iron ore deposit west Africa resulting in Benny/Israel clawback - pre dating ebola.

    Also, the move by GD alum and China hand Thornton to take over Barrick and float rumors to merge with Newmont another mineral play to consolidate ownership in the barbarous metal. Thorton - of Brookings fame - took on a deputy to run the company. They displaced MONK after his disastrous foray into Zambia and Africa.

    What's going on? Something

    www.brookings.edu/about/centers/china

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/3a8cd690-1ebd-11e0-a1d1-00144feab49a.html
    "Peter Munk, the octogenarian chairman of Barrick Gold, the world’s biggest gold producer, first met Rothschild in his mid-twenties when the latter’s reputation was still more playboy than business patron. He did so because he was asked to by Lord Jacob, Nat’s father and a close friend who was concerned about his son’s “issues”. Munk ended up becoming a sort of surrogate father figure for Rothschild in the investment world and persuaded him to move to Klosters, the Alpine ski resort in Switzerland where Rothschild is now based."

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/30/barrick-results-idUSL3N0NM4CI20140430

    FBI arrest agent over bribery cover up claim in battle over $10bn mountain
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/apr/16/fbi-arrest-bribery-10bn-mountain
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-11/billionaire-steinmetz-s-home-said-to-be-raided-by-swiss-police.html

    Then there is the Indonesian fiasco that Nat very publicly lost.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/mining/9886726/Nat-Rothschild-loses-Bumi-battle.html

    And the Indonesian ore bans..
    www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/indonesia-wins-gamble-ore-export-ban/

    The Freeport Grasberg mine worker strikes and alleged rumors of a tie up with Newmont and Barrick
    http://www.mining.com/blockade-lifted-at-freeport-grasberg-mine-in-indonesia/

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/investors-unclear-on-barricks-future-direction-amid-shakeup/article19816285/


    Follow the commodities...



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  3. thanks for the comments everyone
    been a couple of busy days and haven't had the time to respond
    hoping tomorrow will be more promising? for responding and new posts
    see ya!

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  4. Something that I think should be known by everybody:

    http://disquietreservations.blogspot.com.au/

    THE EXCAVATOR
    October 6, 2014

    Syria's Grand Mufti: Erdogan & Davutoglu behind Abduction of Two Aleppo Archbishops [June 2014]
    Erdogan should be the one apologizing. . . to the Syrian people, Assad, the Kurds in Syria, the victims of ISIL kidnappings and beheadings, and the families of the victims.

    Video Title: Syria's Grand Mufti: Erdogan & Davutoglu behind Abduction of Two Aleppo Archbishops. Source: Eretz Zen. Date Published: June 27, 2014. Description:

    The Grand Sunni Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, discusses on camera the circumstances that led to the infamous abduction of the two Archbishops of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrahim for the Syriac Orthodox and Boulos Yazigi for the Greek Orthodox. He accuses the current Turkish government of sending a Chechen group that was trained in Turkey to abduct the two Archbishops, after dissatisfaction with the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim several years prior.

    Source: Syriac Foundation

    "He [militant] wanted to get them to step out of the car. The pastor refused that they leave the car. So they immediately executed him. A Syrian would never do that. They immediately executed him in front of two Archbishops. They then said: "If you don't step out of the car, we will execute both of you. They took both of them. Thus, now it is impossible for those two to get released. And if I want to historically judge, I will judge both Erdogan and Davutoglu that they are the kidnappers of the Archbishops....yes, they themselves." - Grand Sunni Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun.

    Posted by Saman Mohammadi at 10:50 PM

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  5. It is Oct 8,as you see things are rapidly moving towards consolidation or war. next milestone is 23 Oct. they are 2 wars being fought
    1] Battle against Orthodox (orthodox is primarily Rus)
    2] Battle against Persia (Shia and Iran)

    Unfortunately Syria, Ukraine are at the cross roads of the Khazars to weaken the main protagonist (Russia and Iran)

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