"Lockheed is the company that runs the empire."
~ Richard Cummings.
~ Richard Cummings.
Lukery at WotIsItGood4 has a link to a radio interview with the guy who wrote the Lockheed Martin article for Playboy, Richard Cummings. Go here to get the mp3 link to the interview, and I highly recommend a listen because it goes into a lot of information that was edited out of Cummings' article for the sake of brevity. He was supposed to write 7,000 words on Lockheed but ended up with 15,000 words.
Cummings stresses the point that what is new and significant about the Lockheed Martin complex is that it has moved from a focus on working solely as a government contractor to one of participation in the policy-making process of the US government. Why? Well, for the same reason I have said a hundred times if I've said it once (and I have)--Money.
One example given in the interview is that of US support for Israel, which is a circular process: Congress approves "aid" to Israel and delivers the funds. Israel turns around and spends the funds on Lockheed Martin products. This creates the necessity of an ideology which will perpetuate this business deal for Lockheed, resulting in an emphasis on the similarity between American "values" and Israeli "values." But as Cummings points out, this cycle is extremely cynical; the fact that Lockheed Martin and the rest of the war industry are the only ones to profit by this "policy," without so much as a peep from the mainstream media is cynicism in the extreme.
This cyclical process is the very same one that guides the American-Turkish relationship, which was highlighted in a Federation of American Scientists report from 1999. As Scott Horton, the interviewer, remarks, this system is one in which a select group of people are basically looting the American treasury. Isn't it odd that this select group has dominated government for decades . . . like Joseph Ralston, Marc Grossman, and William Cohen, for example?
Money, again, is at the heart of the rejection of the PKK ceasefire and proposal for a political solution to the Kurdish situation in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan. I'm willing to bet that money is at the heart of the continuing violence in Iraq. Cummings also notes that in the build-up to the Iraq war, the intelligence agencies were arrogant in their assessment of the use of high-technology and air power as the methods for easily overthrowing the Saddam regime, thus requiring fewer boots-on-the-ground. According to Cummings, the creator of this new, high-tech means of warfare originated with none other than Lockheed Martin and the American intelligence community swallowed this gimmick hook, line, and sinker. The most high-profile salesman of Lockheed Martin's new war doctrine was Donald Rumsfeld, from the UK's Telegraph:
Victory in Iraq has given added impetus to the drive by Donald Rumsfeld, the United States defence secretary, to transform the way his country will fight future wars.
Mr Rumsfeld is a key supporter of a new warfare doctrine called "Rapid Decisive Operations".
Unofficially known as "the Rumsfeld Doctrine", it has replaced the "Powell Doctrine" of using overwhelming force. It concentrates on the use of special forces, air power and high technology so that conflicts can be won more swiftly and with fewer troops.
Speed of action is at the centre of the new thinking. The US army and marines will be told to shift to lighter equipment so that more of their forces can be airlifted to the battlefield rather than having to be moved by ship.
[ . . . ]
The new doctrine includes elements of the "shock and awe" concept formulated by Harlan Ullman in the 1996 book Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance.
As for Harlan Ullman, he's a senior consultant for CSIS. CSIS is one of those little turnstiles between Lockheed Martin and government. For example, Bruce Jackson, Lockheed's old director for strategic planning, is also affiliated with CSIS. Coincidence? Not on your life.
As we see now, in the latest National Intelligence Estimate, released Friday by the same arrogant bastards who bought into (or were paid off by) Lockheed and its new warfare doctrine, the security situation inside Iraq is dismal and is predicted to become more dismal over the next 18 months. This is a direct result of a minimal troop presence plus an unwillingness since Day 1 to enforce any kind of law and order. Remember the scenes of looting? Consider, too, that during the Gulf War, the US deployed 694,550 troops as contrasted to the 165,000 deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
This was a purposeful policy dictated by Lockheed Martin to create chaos in Iraq and the wider region so that it could capitalize on the obscene bloodshed. The Bush Administration's "surge" of some 20,000 additional troops is consistent with Lockheed Martin's warfare lite doctrine. The more bloodshed, the more money for them and the Cheney family (Listen to the interview).
Stephen J. Hadley, former lawyer for Lockheed Martin--also convicted for fraud in the US--and current National Security Advisor has been engaging in damage control in the wake of the new intelligence estimate. More on Hadley earlier on Rastî There's a tidy little wrap-up on that, complete with press conference video, at The Blue State. How convenient is that, to have yet another Lockheed Martin hack to lie to the public about the real reasons why the security situation in Iraq sucks and will continue to suck.
Hidden under the shadow of the new intelligence estimate on Iraq was the release of an International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) report on Ankara and Teheran's joint battle against the big, bad PKK. The IISS is a European version of American neocon and elitist think-tanks, as described by Sourcewatch:
"The Institute has 3,000 members drawn from the government, business and academic élites of over 100 countries. Its current roster of around 200 Corporate and Institutional Members includes some 55 research centres and institutes, 25 media organisations, 35 government ministries and agencies and 40 commercial organisations along with numerous military staff colleges and university departments. The wide range of business interests represented include finance and investment, international banking, insurance, computing, shipping, infrastructure development, automobile production, management consulting, gas and oil, power generation and transmission, aerospace and defence, major media outlets and telecommunications."
Apparently there is cross-over between the American warmongering elitists and IISS warmongering elitists, such as with J. Paul Bremer, Charles Horner, William R. Van Cleave,and the now dead Philip Merrill.
The funniest thing about the report on Ankara/Teheran joint cooperation is the part about PKK planning to commit "terrorist" attacks "using remote-controlled model aircraft." Uh-huh. Like no one would ever see or hear those coming? Apparently, Turkish intelligence is the source of the model-airplane attack fabrication. It's things like this that keep MIT awake at night. Morons.
Given that the Lockheed Martin government is running the same playsheet for Iran that it ran for Iraq in 2002/2003, any bets on how much LMT stock will skyrocket with an attack on Iran? After all, that is the entire purpose for all of those who are so gung-ho to screw up things even more. As Richard Cummings said, the ideology follows the money; that means that the ideology is propaganda created for the justification of the war and to deflect attention from investigating all of those who are truly benefiting from Lockheed Martin's control of the US government. For an excellent analysis of the Iran situation, check an excellent recent article from AsiaTimes.
On last item . . . Sibel Edmonds is having the official screening of her Kill the Messenger documentary today in DC. Check Lukery's KTM blog for details. There will also be a screening for the general public on Sunday. I wish Sibel the best.