Meet The Republican Senators Who Are The Defense Contractors’ Best Friends
The two Senators most outraged and openly aghast at every foreign policy decision made by President Obama are Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ). With Eric Cantor’s stunning loss on June 10th, many suspected Graham would face the same demise, but he actually fared very well. Perhaps because he’s a very good friend to the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) and would never be seen meeting with the likes of VP Biden as Cantor has done. These are two of the biggest hawks in the Senate because they have a sordid history of accepting donations from defense contractors. Defense Contractors don’t play by the same rules, thanks to an executive order signed by President Eisenhower in 1958. They receive taxpayer subsidies without facing any criminal liability.
This personal and lucrative friendship became de rigueur with President Lyndon Johnson’s massive financial ties with Brown and Root (now KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary). This ushered in the era Eisenhower himself warned against: where the government is wholly owned by the MIC. Senators and Representatives alike maintain their Congressional tenure indefinitely if they play ball with the most lucrative industry in America.
It’s unclear how many defense contractors have secret indemnification agreements with the military. Under the law, most government agencies are banned from entering open-ended indemnification agreements, but the Pentagon and a handful of other agencies were exempted in an executive order signed by President Richard Nixon in 1971.
The continuous beat of the war-drums by these bought-and-paid for Senators is not a mystery. A closer look at one of President Obama’s harshest foreign policy critic, Senator McCain, reveals;
[In 2013] Republican John McCain received more defense lobby cash than any other senator who cast a vote Wednesday on Syria: $176,300.
It’s no secret how profitable the short Iraqi conflict – followed by a painfully long occupation - was for Cheney’s Halliburton. The fact that President Obama averted another war with Syria vexed the Graham-McCain duo.
But never fear, a fresh new conflict is here!
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