Pro-Syria war US senators paid by military-industrial complex

This video from the USA is called Military-Industrial Complex from Eisenhower to Obama.

By Eric W. Dolan in the USA:

Defense industry gave lavishly to senators who supported Syria strike

Monday, September 9, 2013 15:23 EDT

The ten senators who voted in favor of military action against Syria have received a combined total of $728,497 from the defense industry in recent years.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution authorizing limited military action against Syria with a 10-7 vote last Wednesday. The resolution is now before the full Senate.

Senators who voted in favor of a military strike against Syria received an average of 83 percent more money from the defense industry between 2007 and 2012 than senators who voted against the resolution, according to an analysis by MapLight.

Senators who voted in favor of the resolution received, on average, $72,850 from defense contractors and other defense interests. Senators who voted against the resolution, on the other hand, received an average of $39,770 from the defense industry.

There were some notable exceptions to the pattern.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) received $86,500 from the defense industry, but voted against military action. He said the Obama Administration had “failed to present a strategy that justifies this action.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) received only $19,500 from the defense industry, but voted for military action. He said air strikes were “part of a strategy that will lead to a more stable and secure Syria.”

69 thoughts on “Pro-Syria war US senators paid by military-industrial complex

        • That may very well have been the case. Unfortunately, with some more years as president, he might have done something against what he described … but he didn’t have those years.


          • Question,…
            In the UK you can be leader for 30 years if people vote for you. Probably won’t happen, just saying..
            As in America you ONLY get 4 years then you have to campaign again for 4 more years.
            Do you think if you had a president who had the same time as a UK Prime minister it would help the USA?
            If they were bad, they get booted out. Here the opposition can call for a general election as can the people through the media
            I don’t think 4 years then another 4 years, worried at year 3 if you will make it to year 5 really helps. Perhaps too much change too soon?



            • Hi, I did not want to make a general point about the length of terms of US presidents and British prime ministers. Just a point about this case, that unfortunately Eisenhower did not have a chance to do something about the military-industrial complex after his speech about it.


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