As I search for new things to write about on this topic, I have found a theme that really seems to be driving the out of control spending in the defense department.  It seems that there is literally no line between defense contractors and the defense department itself.  This influence is then spread to congress in the form of campaign contributions (also known as bribes) and it creates what is called “The Iron Triangle”.  When I first heard this term, I thought it was referring to Iron Man’s Girlfriend’s vagina (thank you) but I soon came to realize that this system of power and influence without oversight is actually what is responsible for much of the insane spending that is currently bankrupting our country.  Defense contractors are allowed to give millions of dollars to members of the House Armed Services Committee, who then gives the same defense contractors billions of dollars in government contracts to build whatever they want.  How is this not perceived as a conflict of interest?  How is our media not held accountable for never reporting this?    The following quote comes from the web site that I got some hard evidence from, I have posted it in the links section and if you have time check it out but bring a vomit bag.  You have been warned:

“When the Bush administration first took office, it appointed 32 executives, paid consultants, or major shareholders of weapons contractors to top policymaking positions in the Pentagon, the National Security Council, the Department of Energy (involved in nuclear weapons development), and the State Department. Since that time, the “revolving door” has continued to spin, including a high profile scandal in which Air Force procurement official Darleen Druyun pled guilty to criminal charges for negotiating for a position at Boeing while simultaneously negotiating with the company on the terms of a controversial scheme to lease 100 more Boeing 767 airliners for modification and use as aerial refueling tankers.  Another controversial move involved Pentagon acquisition chief Edward “Pete” Aldridge’s decision to move straight from Donald Rumsfeld’s Pentagon to a position on the board of Lockheed Martin.”

 

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