Former United States Congressman Ron Paul accused military contractors and think tanks of manufacturing potential threats around the world in an effort to spur military spending and profit from the “new Cold War.”
In a column posted to his website on Sunday, Paul says the plan seems to be paying off for contractors and think tanks, as governments around the world are investing more and more into their military.
“The new ‘threats’ that are being hyped bring big profits to military contractors and the network of think tanks they pay to produce pro-war propaganda,” he writes.
The former presidential candidate called out Germany, which announced last week that it would purchase 100 “Leopard” tanks. The purchase bucks a trend for a country that had greatly reduced its tank inventory since the end of the Cold War, but now sees a potential foe in Russia.
“Never mind that Russia has neither invaded nor threatened any country in the region, much less a NATO member country,” Paul writes.
Paul also noted that since 2013, the Pentagon has awarded contracts worth more than $850 million for work related to Cheyenne Mountain, the Cold War-era nuclear bunker under a mountain in Colorado. Last month, the Pentagon awarded American defense firm Raytheon a $700-million contract to install new equipment inside the bunker.
“Raytheon is a major financial sponsor of think tanks like the Institute for the Study of War, which continuously churn out pro-war propaganda,” Paul writes. “I am sure these big contracts are a good return on that investment.”