As the US media reported that President Obama was expected to nominate Ashton Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense, RPI Chairman Ron Paul was not optimistic. There is no reason to believe that Carter, a long-time Pentagon employee and former deputy secretary, would do anything to straighten out failing US foreign policy, he said in an interview. With more pressure on the administration from pro-war hawks in Congress and elsewhere in the administration, the wars will likely continue to escalate under the new defense secretary. The administration has already warned us that the war would not be short-lived, he added.
Speaking about the proposed secretary of defense’s long ties to the weapons manufacturers and military industrial complex, Dr. Paul made this very important point:
“Whether the connection to the Secretary is clear or not, there is always a connection behind the scenes between those who administer our policies and those people who make money off war.”
Watch the whole interview here: