Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Dear Common Dreams Readers:
Corporations and billionaires have their own media. Shouldn't we? When you “follow the money” that funds our independent journalism, it all leads back to this: people like you. Our supporters are what allows us to produce journalism in the public interest that is beholden only to people, our planet, and the common good. Please support our Mid-Year Campaign so that we always have a newsroom for the people that is funded by the people. Thank you for your support. --Jon Queally, managing editor

Join the small group of generous readers who donate, keeping Common Dreams free for millions of people each year. Without your help, we won’t survive.

Joe Biden at Lockheed Martin plant

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a speech on May 3, 2022 during his visit to a Lockheed Martin facility in Troy, Alabama. The factory manufactures weapon systems such as Javelin anti-tank missiles, which the Biden-Harris administration is providing Ukraine. (Photo: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Biden Rebuked for 'Openly Praising War Profiteering' at Lockheed Martin

"This is all the [Democrats] can deliver," said one critic. "War, policing, capital consolidation for warmongers, and more war."

Julia Conley

While reproductive rights advocates across the U.S. Tuesday called on the Democratic Party to do everything in its power to codify abortion rights into federal law, President Joe Biden called on Congress to approve more military aid for Ukraine after visiting a Lockheed Martin facility to praise its supply of weaponry.

Biden headed to Troy, Alabama to visit the factory where 600 workers have the capacity to produce more than 2,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles per year, applauding the facility for helping to defend "freedom and democracy itself" in Ukraine.

The U.S. has sent more than 5,000 Javelin missiles to Ukraine since Russian forces invaded the country in February, according to the White House.

"The weapons built here—now in the hands of Ukrainian heroes—are making all the difference," the president said.

Critics said Biden's visit to Lockheed Martin—whose CEO suggested to investors in January that the coming conflict would strengthen the company's profits—offered a clear picture of the president's current priorities following the collapse of his domestic agenda, the Build Back Better Act and its anti-poverty and climate action provisions.

"Update on Biden's economic agenda. He's abandoned his Build Back Better agenda and is now openly praising war profiteering."

"Update on Biden's economic agenda," tweeted Stephen Semler of the Security Policy Reform Institute. "He's abandoned his Build Back Better agenda and is now openly praising war profiteering."

Following Biden's visit to Lockheed Martin, the president called on federal lawmakers to approve $33 billion in additional aid for Ukraine, including $20 billion in security and military assistance and funds to replenish the Pentagon's own stockpiles "to replace what we've sent to Ukraine."

The U.S. has sent more than $3 billion in military aid to Ukraine since the war began on February 24.

CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin demanded to know how Lockheed Martin's contributions are "saving civilization," as the president said during his tour of the factory.

"Is war-making really civilized, no matter which side?" she asked.

Progressive political strategist Peter Daou denounced Biden for visiting the weapons facility as women's rights in the U.S. apeared on the cusp of being effectively "gutted" following the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion in which Justice Samuel Alito said Roe v. Wade "must be overruled."

Since the leak Monday night, progressives have been demanding that Biden push every Democrat in the Senate to support eliminating the filibuster in order to pass the Women's Health Protection Act, which would codify into federal law the right to obtain and provide abortion care. Right-wing Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) do not support filibuster reform.

Steven Thrasher, a professor at Northwestern University and author of The Viral Underclass, said Biden's visit demonstrated that "this is all the [Democrats] can deliver: war, policing, capital consolidation for warmongers, and more war."

"They've no money for Covid. They won't legislate on abortion," Thrasher said. "Just war, war, war."


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

"I'm sure this will be all over the corporate media, right?"
That’s what one longtime Common Dreams reader said yesterday after the newsroom reported on new research showing how corporate price gouging surged to a nearly 70-year high in 2021. While major broadcasters, newspapers, and other outlets continue to carry water for their corporate advertisers when they report on issues like inflation, economic inequality, and the climate emergency, our independence empowers us to provide you stories and perspectives that powerful interests don’t want you to have. But this independence is only possible because of support from readers like you. You make the difference. If our support dries up, so will we. Our crucial Mid-Year Campaign is now underway and we are in emergency mode to make sure we raise the necessary funds so that every day we can bring you the stories that corporate, for-profit outlets ignore and neglect. Please, if you can, support Common Dreams today.

 

'We Need Action': Biden, Democrats Urged to Protect Abortion Access in Post-Roe US

"The Supreme Court doesn't get the final say on abortion," Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith wrote in a new op-ed.

Kenny Stancil ·


Motorist 'Tried to Murder' Abortion Rights Advocates at Iowa Protest, Witnesses Say

Although one witness said the driver went "out of his way" to hit pro-choice protestors in the street, Cedar Rapids police declined to make an arrest.

Kenny Stancil ·


'A Hate Crime': Oslo Pride Parade Canceled After Deadly Shooting at Gay Bar

A 42-year-old gunman has been charged with terrorism following what Norway's prime minister called a "terrible and deeply shocking attack on innocent people."

Kenny Stancil ·


'We WILL Fight Back': Outrage, Resolve as Protests Erupt Against SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

Demonstrators took to the streets Friday to defiantly denounce the Supreme Court's right-wing supermajority after it rescinded a constitutional right for the first time in U.S. history.

Brett Wilkins ·


80+ US Prosecutors Vow Not to Be Part of Criminalizing Abortion Care

"Criminalizing and prosecuting individuals who seek or provide abortion care makes a mockery of justice," says a joint statement signed by 84 elected attorneys. "Prosecutors should not be part of that."

Kenny Stancil ·

Common Dreams Logo