The Spark

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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

The War in Ukraine Means Big Profits for U.S. Corporations

Jan 1, 2024

Since the war in Ukraine began in 2022, the U.S. government has spent about 68 billion dollars of taxpayer dollars for military aid to Ukraine. This money is being used by the Ukrainian military to buy weapons like Abrams tanks, Stryker combat vehicles, HIMARS rocket launchers, Javelin missiles, Switchblade aerial systems, howitzers, and artillery shells.

But most of the money being spent on these weapons finally ends up in the pockets of U.S. military contractor corporations because almost all of these weapons are being produced by U.S. corporations like General Dynamics, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

In addition to the new weapons for Ukraine, the U.S. military is also giving some of their old weapons to Ukraine and then replacing them with more new weapons for themselves—which are also being produced by these same U.S. corporations.

And then on top of that, the U.S. government has pressured some of their NATO allies to give some of their old weapons to Ukraine and then replace them with new weapons bought from … guess where??? From these same U.S. corporations!!! So, for example, Poland has donated their old tanks and helicopters to Ukraine and in turn replaced them with new Abrams tanks produced by General Dynamics and Apache helicopters produced by Boeing. Finland, Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands are giving their old fighter planes to Ukraine and replacing them with new F-35 fighters being jointly produced by three companies—Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and BAE—they all get to share in the profits of that weapon!

The war in Ukraine has been a human disaster with over a hundred thousand Ukrainian and Russian soldiers being killed so far. Thousands of civilians on both sides have been killed and millions of Ukrainians have been displaced from their homes. Infrastructure has been destroyed. The long-standing policy of the U.S. government to surround Russia with military forces helped provoke Putin’s invasion of Ukraine two years ago. The U.S. has kept this war going for almost two years, all with the apparent goal of weakening Russia. And along the way, U.S. corporations have been profiting very nicely! Capitalism at its finest!!!