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A Global NRA: Our Government Is the Largest Federally Licensed Weapons Dealer on the Planet

The White House and the Pentagon -- with a helping hand from the State Department -- ensure that the U.S. remains by far the leading purveyor of the “right to bear arms” globally.

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In other words, the Pentagon is the largest federally licensed weapons dealer on the planet and its goal -- one that the NRA might envy -- is to create a world in which the rights of those deemed our allies to bear our (most advanced) armaments “shall not be infringed.”  The Pentagon, it seems, is intent on pursuing its own global version of the Second Amendment, not for citizens of the world but for governments, including grim, autocratic states like Saudi Arabia which are perfectly capable of using such weaponry to create Newtowns on an unimaginable scale.

A well regulated militia indeed.

Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the  American Empire Project  and author of  The United States of Fear  as well as  The End of Victory Culture , his history of the Cold War, runs the Nation Institute's  TomDispatch.com. His latest book, co-authored with Nick Turse, is  Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 .

 
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