Senate confirms swamp-creature Mark Esper for Secretary of Defense - Rand Paul votes YES - VERY disappointing.

pawnstorm12 Tue, 07/23/2019 - 13:55

Rand dropped the ball today by voting to confirm DEFENSE CONTRACTOR LOBBYIST Mark Esper to the second-highest military position in the land.

Final vote was 90 YEA and 8 NEA with 2 abstaining.  All 8 NO-votes were democrats.

Esper served for seven years as a senior executive at Raytheon - one of the largest "defense" contractors on earth.

No defense contractor lobbyist should be anywhere near the position of Defense Secretary.


Sadly, about the only Senator who bothered to expose this conflict of interest was Elizabeth Warren...In a heated exchange with Warren, Esper acknowledged that, if confirmed, he would not extend his recusal from Raytheon-related matters or commit not to work for or get paid by a defense contractor for four years after he leaves government.

EVEN the late WAR-MONGERING Senator John McCain, had expressed reservations about putting former defense contractor lobbyists noting in his opening statement during Esper's confirmation hearing that:

"Dr. Esper, I would be remiss if I did not reiterate my concerns about the number of nominees from the defense industry filling out the leadership ranks at the Department of Defense. I want to be clear that my reservations grew out of early consultations I had with the administration about potential nominations, including yours and a handful of others that were yet to be nominated."

And in late June, Esper attended a NATO defense ministerial in Brussels, urging U.S. allies to confront Tehran. 

Why am I having to reference such NON-LIBERTY persons as McCain and Warren as the very FEW voices against such a terrible nomination, when I helped fund a supposed-LIBERTY supporter like Rand Paul in his Senate campaign???

Esper is a perfect addition to Trump's existing WAR-MONGERING administration with the likes of John Bolton. MikePence, Mike Pompeo, Elliot Abrams, Lyndsey Graham etc.


Here is a little info on Raytheon:

The Raytheon Company is a major U.S. Defense contractor with core manufacturing concentrations in weapons and military and commercial electronics. 

Raytheon is the world's largest producer of guided missiles.

On June 9, 2019, Raytheon announced a merger of equals with the aerospace companies of United Technologies.

Established in 1922, the company adopted its present name in 1959. 

As of 2018 the company had around 67,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of approximately $25.35 billion.

More than 90% of Raytheon's revenues were obtained from MILITARY CONTRACTS and, as of 2012, it was the fifth-largest military contractor in the world.

As of 2015, Raytheon is the third largest defense contractor in the united States by defense revenue


Here is today's Senate Roll Call Vote on Esper's confirmation as Secretary of Defense:

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