War industry still sustains U.S.

I agree with Gregory Clark’s April 18 article, “Blame Western ‘demonists’ for Pyongyang’s belligerence.” The U.S. economy depends on its war industry. The U.S. bluff with its theory of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was seen by all. In Afghanistan, it is leaving without achieving much. So it searches for a new area that will consume war material. North Korea appears to be an easy target. As in Vietnam, the U.S. will suffer there also.

No military force can finish the force of national character.

anil gupta
meerut, india

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

  • Starviking

    Not a very deep or accurate letter.

    Regarding the US dependance on its war industry, the US Export-Import Bank gave the total US export value in 2012 as 2.2 trillion dollars. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute gave US arms exports as 8.8 billion dollars, at 1990 prices, roughly 15.5 billion dollars in 2012 value.

    Far from depending on its war industry, the US’s arms exports are 0.7% of US exports in 2012.

    So, why would the US search for war, to prop-up less than 1% of US exports, when such wars have cost nearly 1.5 trillion dollars since 2001?