Veteran asks Clinton about Pentagon contractor influence

Eric Zulaski on October 14, 2015
On the Today Show, Iraq War veteran asked Secretary Clinton about the political influence of the military-industrial complex. Clinton focused her response on her vote to go to war in Iraq and that she believes diplomacy is better than war.

On a live broadcast of NBC’s Today Show in Hollis yesterday, Hillary Clinton took a question about governing under the influence from Will Hopkins, Iraq War veteran, and director of NH Peace Action. Will asked Secretary Clinton the following.

I served in Iraq as an Army Infantryman in 2004 and 2005. I lost friends, a year of my life and I suspect I will be coping with the experience as long as I live… Given your history and your close ties to elements within the military-industrial complex, what assurances can you provide that companies and individuals who profit from war and militarism will not have undue influence in a Clinton Administration?

You can see Clinton’s response below or at this link.

 
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Watch Iraq War veteran & IVAW member Will Hopkins challenge Hillary Clinton on the TODAY Show! Share it with your friends if you agree that we need to challenge the candidates on their stances on endless war. #DropTheMIC Will Hopkins: "I served in Iraq as an Army Infantryman in 2004 and 2005. I lost friends, a year of my life and I suspect I will be coping with the experience as long as I live...given your history and your close ties to elements within the military industrial complex, what assurances can you provide that companies and individuals who profit from war and militarism will not have undue influence in the Clinton Administration?"

Posted by Iraq Veterans Against the War on Monday, October 5, 2015

While Clinton believes diplomacy is better than war to resolve international conflict, she still leaves much to be said about the influence of Pentagon contractors over military policy. That is why we have to continue to reinforce this concern with Clinton and other candidates each time they visit the state.

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