Basking within the glow of the strike on Syria, the beltway elite have tried surprising and awing President Trump with lavish reward. On the Washington Publish’s PostPartisan weblog, Ed Rogers famous that Trump was “having fun with the nice and cozy, cozy feeling of success.” He puzzled aloud if the president would love “to spend extra time in an surroundings just like the one he finds himself on this weekend.”
And oh, I guess the creator would simply love that. That is as a result of Rogers is not an neutral analyst. No, he is a lobbyist for Raytheon, the producer of the identical Tomahawk missiles that rained hellfire down on Syria. After all, that little element is not famous within the Washington Publish.
Whereas the paper does dutifully acknowledge that Rogers is the chairman of BGR Group, they fail to reveal that the lobbying store has represented Raytheon for greater than a dozen years. To search out the remainder of story requires digging by federal lobbying disclosure information.
After staffing the Reagan and H.W. Bush White Homes, Rogers hung a shingle on Ok-Road. Across the time Marines had been storming Fallujah, Raytheon signed on as a shopper. The army depends on that company to fabricate the whole lot from sidewinders to sonobuoys.
In response to federal information, Rogers’ firm was reimbursed handsomely, netting greater than 2 million since 2004.
Enterprise may get even higher. First, Raytheon’s inventory value spiked when information broke that the Navy fired their model title Tomahawk missiles. Already the Division of Protection needs to refill its armory. Final February, DOD requested Congress for $2 billion to buy four,000 extra cruise missiles.
Little question Rogers will personally foyer Capitol Hill to safe each penny. He will not need to work too arduous, although. In contrast to different lobbyists, Rogers has a strategic benefit. As an everyday contributor to the Washington Publish, he can disguise his gross sales pitches as impartial evaluation.
Already at work, Rogers warns the White Home in his Wednesday column that “the afterglow of the strike on Syria will not final lengthy.” The prescription consists of extra army spending to confront threats equivalent to North Korea. It is an issue, he gleefully notes, that “our subsequent president was destined to face.”
One would hope main nationwide paper would disclose pertinent particulars about their writers. When mailed fists begin shaking and sabers start rattling on the geopolitical stage, impartial evaluation turns into ever extra essential. However similar to Democracy dies in darkness, evidently battle lobbyists thrive within the opinion pages of the Washington Publish.
Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.