2/19/21 Eli Clifton on the Arms Industry Money Behind Biden’s Afghanistan Study Group
Eli Clifton discusses the Biden Administration’s Afghanistan study group, a panel of national security experts and former officers giving recommendations on whether the U.S. should get out of Afghanistan on the Trump administration’s withdrawal timeline. Some of these experts have recommended that we pull troops out soon, but the majority have counseled against a hasty withdrawal—which of course in practice could very well mean staying indefinitely. Clifton points out the obvious problem with this group: most of its members have current or former financial ties to the arms industry. Even if these experts aren’t giving recommendations solely on the basis of personal financial interest, their backgrounds at least indicate that they are the type of people who associate professionally with weapons manufacturers, and are therefore likely to hold views that are favorable to the those who plan and benefit from war.
Discussed on the show:
“Weapons biz bankrolls experts pushing to extend Afghan War” (Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft)
“Sheldon Adelson’s legacy of underwriting American militarism” (Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft)
“Twins (1988)” (IMDb)
Eli Clifton is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and a contributing editor for Lobe Log. Follow him on Twitter @EliClifton.
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