Corporate Fascism Alert:
Sat Jan 13, 2007 13:53
 

 
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Subject: Corporate Fascism Alert: The Real Reason Cheney/Bush Don't Want to Leave Iraq: The Economics of War Profiteering
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 11:31:16 -0600
From: Gary Kohls gkohls@cpinternet.com


WHY THE U.S. IS NOT LEAVING IRAQ: THE PROFITS OF ESCALATION

EXCERPTS BY GARY G. KOHLS FROM THE ESSAY (ATTACHED) BY: DR. ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH, American Economics Professor at Drake University. SOURCE: Published on 1-11-07 by CounterPunch.com.

"The military-industrial-complex causes military spending to be driven not by national security needs but by a network of weapons makers, lobbyists and elected officials". --President Dwight D. Eisenhower, from his Farewell Speech (1961).

"There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes, and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket." --United States Marine Corps General Smedley D. Butler.

...follow the money. ….not everyone is losing in Iraq. …while the Bush administration's wars of choice have brought unnecessary death, destruction, and disaster to millions, including many from the United States, they have also brought fortunes and prosperity to war profiteers. At the heart of the reluctance to withdraw from Iraq lies the profiteers' unwillingness to give up further fortunes and spoils of war.

…contractors of both deconstruction and "reconstruction," whose profits come mainly from the US treasury, have handsomely profited from the Bush administration's wars of choice.

A time-honored proverb maintains that wars abroad are often continuations of wars at home. …opponents of social spending are using the escalating Pentagon budget (in combination with drastic tax cuts for the wealthy) as a cynical and roundabout way of redistributing national income in favor of the wealthy.

As this combination of increasing military spending and decreasing tax liabilities of the wealthy creates wide gaps in the Federal budget, it then justifies the slashing of non-military public spending.

Powerful beneficiaries of war dividends, who are often indistinguishable from the policy makers who pushed for the invasion of Iraq, have been pocketing hundreds of billions of dollars by virtue of war. …it is the pursuit and the safeguarding of those plentiful spoils of war that are keeping US troops in Iraq.

Shares of U.S. defense companies, which have nearly trebled since the beginning of the occupation of Iraq, show no signs of slowing down.

Just as the Pentagon's manufacturing contractors such as Lockheed Martin make fortunes through the production of the means of death and destruction, so too do they also create profit opportunities for service contractors such as Halliburton that follow the plumes of the smoke from neocon "deconstruction" like vultures, and then set up shop for "reconstruction."

…in the same month - October 2006 - that US forces lost a record number of soldiers in Iraq, and Iraqi citizens lost many more, Halliburton announced that its third quarter revenue had risen by 19 percent to $5.8 billion.

WAR PROFITEERS ARE WARMONGERS WHO HAVE A FINANCIAL INTEREST IN WAR

BUSH WARS OF AGGRESSION ARE A SOPHISTICATED FORM OF PARASITIC IMPERIALISM
But there are many vulnerable sovereign countries whose governments can be overthrown, their infrastructures smashed to the ground, and fortunes made as a result of both "deconstruction" and "reconstruction." And herein lies the morally-depraved genius of a parasitically-efficient market mechanism, as well as a major driving force behind the Bush administration's unprovoked unilateral wars of choice.

This new form of imperial or colonial aggression is largely driven by the powerful elite predators who have vested interests in the armaments industries and other war-based businesses.

When the new form of imperialism is viewed in the context of the economic devastation it causes, it can be most accurately characterized as "Parasitic Imperialism."

WAR PROFITEERING IS A MAJOR FORCE BEHIND U.S. MILITARISM AND PERPETUAL WAR

Their reluctance to leave, or "difficulty" with leaving, Iraq stems not so much from pulling 140,000 troops out of that country before "victory" has been achieved as it does from pulling out more than 100,000 contractors before every possible profit has been extracted.

AMERICAN PEACE MOVEMENT LEADERS MUST REFRAME THE DEBATE ABOUT WAR

It is crucially important that public attention is shifted away from the confining official narrative of the war, parroted by the corporate media and political pundits, to the economic crimes that have been committed because of this war, both in Iraq and here in the United States.

It is also time to make a moral case against the war profiteers' plundering of our treasury, or stealing of the taxpayers' dollars.

For the original article, check out: http://www.counterpunch.com/hossein01112007.htmL

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