No, both the Democrats and Republicans share the blame for the U.S. role in growing the arms market.
U.S. weapons salesand the U.S. government\'s aggressive promotion of private military contractorsis neither in the global interest nor the U.S. national interest. Arms sales to Israel have not only supported Israel\'s occupation strategies but also provided key backup for Israel\'s decision to invade Lebanon. Arms sales to Africa have helped keep the region awash in violence and conflict. Economic aid to rights-abusing regimes, as in Sudan, has allowed governments to maintain a high level of military spending. Major weapons sales to Chile, Taiwan, South Korea, Turkey, and elsewhere have only encouraged regional arms races. U.S. insistence on inter-operabilitythe joint functioning of the U.S. military and other militariesnot only ensures future arms deals but also gives the United States greater influence over the foreign policies of countries that buy U.S. weapons!!