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by Ken Silverstein

Category: Politics and Government
Subcategory: Political books
Author: Ken Silverstein
ISBN: 1859847560
ISBN13: 978-1859847565
Language: English
Publisher: Verso; First edition (July 2000)
Pages: 224
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But in this eye-opening book, Ken Silverstein looks at another, all but unexamined force: private warriors, the generals, gunrunners and national security staffers who were cast adrift by the end of the Cold War and are now continuing business in the private sector. Private Warriors moves from an arms dealer's estate in Vienna to a weapons show in Rio de Janeiro to a Soldier of Fortune convention in Las Vegas. Those are certainly factors.

Private Warriors (Paperback). Ken Silverstein (author). "Private Warriors" is an important book that exposes the seamy underside of . defense policy-and illuminates some of the reasons we are still mired in a Cold War mode. Silverstein reveals the incestuous relationship between the arms industry and the . government, and how together they are selling weapons to Third World countries that don't need them and can't afford them. -Charles Lewis, Executive Director, The Center for Public Integrity. First-rate journalism by an indefatigable reporter.

Ken Silverstein talked about his book Private Warriors, published by Verso, which describes Cold War-era generals and national security staffers who have moved on to the private sector. Mr. Silverstein believes these private warriors promote war for their own financial interests and benefit from increased defense spending. He also answered questions from members of the audience. But in this eye-opening book, Ken Silverstein looks at another, all but unexamined force: private warriors, the generals, gunrunners and national security staffers who were cast adrift by the end of the Cold War and are now continuing business in the private sector.

Private Warriors is an important book that exposes the seamy underside of . government, and how together they are selling weapons to Third World countries that don’t need them and can’t afford them. Charles Lewis, Executive Director, The Center for Public Integrity.

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In offering explanations for the US’s enormous post-Cold War military budget—nearly $280 billion for the year 2000—most defense critics point to the influence of weapon makers pork-barrel politics. Those are certainly factors.But in this eye-opening book, Ken Silverstein looks at another, all but unexamined force: private warriors, the generals, gunrunners and national security staffers who were cast adrift by the end of the Cold War and are now continuing business in the private sector. Private Warriors moves from an arms dealer’s estate in Vienna to a weapons show in Rio de Janeiro to a Soldier of Fortune convention in Las Vegas. It introduces little known figures such as Ernst Werner Glatt, a right-wing German who for many years was the Pentagon’s preferred gunrunner, and Andrew Marshall, an aging but still sprightly Cold Warrior who ardently promotes the development of needless new weapons systems.Other encounters are with more recognizable names such as General Alexander Haig, the former Secretary of State who now lobbies for China and sells weapons to Turkey, and Frank Gaffney, an ex-Pentagon official who has grown rich by promoting the biggest boondoggle of them all, Star Wars. Today’s private warriors have one thing in common: a financial interest in war, and the connections to push for a continuation of Cold War military policy.
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Wel
Ken Silverstein's "Private Warriors" is an excellent resource -- I wish we had more journalists like him, willing to delve deep into a story and present just the facts, and leave it to the reader to connect the dots. Silverstein doesn't preach: he just offers an incredible amount of information -- all but the most diehard reactionary will find it persuasive.
He names names, and provides an exhaustive account of the ongoing American policy of permanent military mobilization, which was conveniently masked during the Cold War but which continues to grow after the death of Soviet Communism.
The book is broken into six chapters, each exploring a different avenue of the war industry -- from ... arms dealers to private mercenary companies, to the cynical use of military consultants to evade public accountability and oversight and, of course, Star Wars (these days referred to as the Ballistic Missile Defense).
What I was struck with on reading this book is how cynical and amoral the participants are -- they may be flag-waving Americans, but the brotherhood of warmongers really transcends nationality, which is probably a sign of the changing times. It's frightening and infuriating when you see the level of corruption at work, here, and the incredible success achieved by these individuals, and the degree of networking they engage in to ensure that American policy remains firmly locked on a wartime footing.
The only drawbacks I saw in this book was there was so much information presented, it was a little hard to keep track of all of the players -- I would have liked to see some graphs or lists to illustrate some of the points Silverstein enumerated. Also, I thought there ought to be a concluding chapter to the book, to sort of wrap everything up.
Get this book if you want to get a sense of why the "peace dividend" was a short-lived concept (I recall it being talked about for about two weeks, after the collapse of the USSR); I recommend it as a gift for anybody who wants a sense of what's wrong in American policy, and also for anybody too enamored of the status quo.
Camper
This was a very interesting and eye opening book. The book is broken into chapters that look at different aspects of the current war / armaments industry. We get the full picture from arms dealers, armaments companies and their lobbyists to private mercenary companies. The author gives the arms dealers some extra mystery by introducing us to two of the more successful ones, both of which were ex-Nazis. We also get a who's who name run down of past government officials who are now employees or lobbyists for large arms manufactures. I now know where all the cold warriors go after they leave office.
The book really leaves the impression with the reader that the military arm of the government is running the rest of the country via the spending allocated to it via the budget. The author presented the reader with an armload of facts, and left the reader to make his own conclusions. This is not an anti military propaganda piece, but a good book with an incredible amount of information. One of the more shocking conclusions one takes from the book is the ongoing American policy of continual military mobilization. I guess this should not be that surprising given that it is a billion dollar business that has a vested interest in making sure the business keeps on coming it's way.
Overall the book was very good and interesting. It was easy to read and I got through it in only a few days. My only complaint is that there was no ending chapter, no wrap up - it just kinda ended. Other then that a great book.
Ndyardin
This book brilliantly summarizes how the legacy of the Cold War, the self-sustaining military industrial complex Eisenhower warned us about, has thoroughly corrupted American politics and its foreign policy. The wretched results are too obvious in the wastelands of Iraq and Afghanistan. The author gives brief examples of how the US uses private contractors to do its dirty work (go see the movie "Lord of War" for a wonderful cinematic treatment) and how the revolving door between the Pentagon and the defense industry begs for the public interest to be violated. For a perfect example of a military-turned-entrepeneur pimp, read about Alexander "I'm in Charge Now" Haig's sweet deals. No American will read this book and not feel like they've been screwed over big time. The only drawback to this little gem is that it is pre-9/11. A subsequent new edition will doubtless be twice as thick with details of this criminal Bush administration's corrupt and malignant behavior.
Anen
You thought that the end of the Cold War meant a slow down in the arms trade? Well, think again. The Defense budget remains as bloated as ever and the arms trade--once under a modicum of federal oversight--has gone global (and private), feeding on (and promoting) regional strife and bloodshed from Sierra Leone and Nigeria to Sri Lanka and Colombia. And who are the profiteers? The weapons companies and their seamy roster of brokers: CIA retirees, former Pentagon flacks, aging Nazis (protected from war crimes trials by going to work for US intelligence agencies), political appointees and other downright slimy operators, from Al "I'm in Control" Haig to Frank Gaffney, the high priest of Star Wars. Ken Silverstein, one of the nation's most fearless reporters, goes face-to-face with these new merchants of death and shines a piercing light on their dark and frightening world. With Private Warriors Silverstein revives and perfects a style of investigative reporting that surpasses Jack Anderson at his best.
Andromathris
As a former (low-ranking) officer in the military, I was skeptical about the premise of this book. But reading the first chapter, standing up in Midnight Special, got me hooked. This is a well argued, impeccably researched book. Though I think some of the arguments are overstated, the bulk of "Warriors" confirmed suspicions I didn't even know I had, and resonated with my fellow officers when I brought it up with them. Clearly written without being condescending. A good read for anybody trying to understand the wars popping up around the globe.
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