NOTE: the following article is satire, not a statement of fact. Treat it as such.
Defense companies used to be called the dogs of war and war profiteers, as they make money off of bloodshed and slaughter, often even encouraging war so that they could make more money…from the safety of their corporate offices while young men died horribly. Now they are referred to as “defense contractors,” but they otherwise act exactly the same.
Such is what President Joe Biden let on in a recent announcement released by his Administration, one which explained the basis for continued US involvement in the Middle East and why he thinks American troops need to remain in Syria. After giving the legal basis, Biden explained the practical basis, which is that the modern dogs of war need more money. He said:
On October 14, 2019, by Executive Order 13894, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in and in relation to Syria.
The situation in and in relation to Syria, and in particular the actions by the Government of Turkey to conduct a military offensive into northeast Syria, undermines the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, endangers civilians, and further threatens to undermine the peace, security, and stability in the region, and continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13894 of October 14, 2019, must continue in effect beyond October 14, 2023. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13894 with respect to the situation in and in relation to Syria.
Continuing, the statement said, “America’s defense contractors are the bedrock of our democracy. Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and all the smaller contributors to our national defense are the guardians of democracy. And so we must treat them well. We need to ensure they survive these tough economic times and are ready to keep keeping America safe far into the future.”
“These companies have done all they can to defend the liberal world order. Raytheon even announced that it has defended the liberal project by decolonizing its bookshelf! But more must be done to help them. They need more revenue, more projects. We can do that by providing them with those opportunities by engaging in small fights abroad, such as this one in Syria. So that’s why your son needs to die in some sandy village in the desert of Syria.”