State Department arms secretary gives thanks to weapons industry in bizarre tweet
Thanksgiving is a special day. Just as the original pilgrims gave thanks to a bountiful harvest and their gracious Native American hosts, families today reflect on what’s important: God, loved ones, and the NFL.
But Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs (try saying that with a mouth full of turkey) Andrea Thompson has her own special list.
“I am thankful for U.S. defense companies that manufacture the best equipment in the world, and who, through @StateDept’s Foreign Military Sales & Direct Commercial Sales, are critical partners in international security,” she tweeted on Thursday.
Thompson’s Thanksgiving nod to the military industrial complex raised a few eyebrows.
Hmm. Not my first thought on Thanksgiving, but ... https://t.co/aq3cnl5PBU— Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter) 22 ноября 2018 г.
Andrea has a military background so there's probably no daylight between her & US defense contractors. But still, celebrating the global proliferation of weapons of war on Thanksgiving? Did she give this tweet 30 seconds of thought? https://t.co/ZnCpAqskCP— mrs panstreppon (@mrspanstreppon) 22 ноября 2018 г.
Well, Thompson has a lot to be thankful for. Earlier this year she celebrated her department selling more weapons in the first half of 2018 than it did all fiscal year in 2017 - $46.9 billion worth in fact. And, she predicted “as an optimist and a realist” that next year’s sales will be even better.
“All hail our corporate overlords!” - essentially— Chris Costantini (@chriscostantini) 22 ноября 2018 г.
She can also be thankful she’s not on the receiving end of the munitions, unlike the 51 Yemenis, many of them schoolchildren, who died when Saudi-led forces dropped a Raytheon Mark 82 laser-guided bomb on a school bus in August.
Does this include the ones who manufacture bombs that get dropped on buses full of Yemeni schoolchildren?— Alexandre Petraglia (@TheGreatBundini) 22 ноября 2018 г.
Delete this and move to Yemen.— That Spruce Guy (@PiceaLives) 22 ноября 2018 г.
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