Even as congress denies billions in assistance to states, there is little if any talk of cutting US defense spending. Since the end of the Second World War, when Dwight Eisenhower warned of the ever expanding military industrial complex, military spending has been linked to the nation’s economic well-being. In times of prosperity and economic distress alike, defense spending is pushed as economic stimulus. And it’s a bipartisan affliction. But who benefits and what is their interest in maintaining a war time economy?
On GRITtv Pratap Chatterjee, the author of Halliburton’s Army and Managing Editor of Corpwatch, Eugene Jarecki, documentary filmmaker and director of the acclaimed Why We Fight, and Scott Ritter, the author of Target Iran examine the business of war and why stimulus and star wars are so hard to separate.
Then retired US army colonel Ann Wright talks about her recent trip to Gaza. Throughout Israel’s intensive war in Gaza, reporters and international observers have been barred from entering the region. Wright says that the damage is extensive and Israel’s disproportionate response "criminal." Wright and Code Pink are planning fundraising events to aid women’s groups in Gaza for International Women’s Day. Find out what you can do here.