Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:28 PM
Fire Walk With Me (38,893 posts)
Why did they invade Iraq? Follow the money.
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The little matter of a missing $8 billion...
There are people who call themselves Plutocrats, who drive the economy and ever seek to increase their gains and control. Michael Moore revealed a secret 2006 Citigroup memo promoting Plutocracy in his film "Capitalism: A Love Story". Its contents should be required reading for all Americans for its obviously functional truths lay waste to many assumptions.
Among those truths are the conditions in which Plutocracy may flourish. These include a rise in profit share/fall in wage share, meaning CEOs take home the money and workers increasingly do not; and as a Daily Kos article from 2009 describes it, “overseas conquests invigorating wealth creation”. "Globalisation." Technological revolution is one of three drivers of Plutocracy as listed in the memo.
The Plutocracy memo:
The Daily Kos article:
Karl Rove to Suskind:
"Guys like you are in--what we call--'the reality-based community'. You believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." "That's not the way the world really works anymore. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."
November 2001—shortly after the 9/11 attacks—Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld met with General Tommy Franks to review plans for the "decapitation" of the Iraqi government. The two men reviewed how a war against Saddam could be triggered; that list included a "dispute over WMD inspections." It's evidence that the administration was seeking a pretense for war.
Supreme Court installs George W. Bush. Halliburton installs Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney rings up no-bid contracts for Halliburton. Dick Cheney's Halliburton options skyrocket (He received a $20 million bonus for leaving employment at Halliburton to work for them at the White House, and $200K per year "just because"). Halliburton criticized for charging $100.00 per 15 pound bag of soldier's laundry (they outsourced LAUNDRY!?).
Halliburton bills taxpayers $45 per case of soda, $100 per bag of laundry
Of course there were and are many other war budget opportunists. Michael Moore revealed some in "Fahrenheit 9/11". Blackwater/Academi/Xl have certainly flourished and spread, among others. Private mercenary armies...shiver.
The permanent war status (read: budget) also begets a need for technological innovation, which is a condition listed for the furtherance of Plutocracy. And this is just within America, and does not even touch upon the actual military-industrial complex's budgets. In Occupy, we call the arms dealers "the 0.01%" because they make wall street look like beginners.
Meet the Contractors Turning America's Police Into a Paramilitary Force
January 30, 2013 |
The national security state has an annual budget of around $1 trillion. Of that huge pile of money, large amounts go to private companies the federal government awards contracts to. Some, like Lockheed Martin or Boeing, are household names, but many of the contractors fly just under the public's radar. What follows are three companies you should know about (because some of them can learn a lot about you with their spy technologies).
Unsurprising that they are lobbying for legislation benefiting their own conditions for personal gain:
Anonymous: Night Raid Equipment-Maker Lobbied for NDAA, Singles Out Sen. Rob Portman.
Anonymous singles out Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) for receiving a particularly large sum from companies and PACs lobbying for the NDAA. From the RT report:
"Robert J. Portman...we are truly disturbed by the ludicrous $272,853 he received from special interest groups supporting the NDAA bill that authorizes the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.
Even in Washington terms, over a quarter million is a ridiculous amount of money from special interest groups supporting an issue to any single legislator. Congressmen have been bought for far less, with around $50,000 considered a serious ante at anyone's table, and much less merely keeping you in the game.
Among the supporters of NDAA are California-based manufacturer Surefire, L.L.C., who won a $23 million contract from the Department of Defense three months ago."
And there are ever more bills being passed since 9/11 which provide for driving technological revolution as well as providing for stifling dissent against the Plutocrats:
NDAA, NDRP, FISA, Patriot Act, CISPA...expect ever more so that the rich may ever become richer.
Here, posted I believe yesterday in GD, are some causes and effects of the actions of the billionaires as relates directly to this topic:
1. Accelerating transfer of wealth to the .001% (“the billionaires”)
9. Permanent war and a permanently expanding military
10. Permanently expanding national security state, including militarization of police, widespread spying and punishment for political crimes
12. Oil dependence without recognition of oil as a soon-to-be-depleted energy source
Image showing a 3,000% increase in Forbes rich:
The memo says on page 9 that the top 10%'s wealth/income inequality began in 1989, beginning in earnest in 1995. I haven't yet correlated these instances with war activity.
“Who are the real parasites? People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as 'parasites' fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.” ~Philosophy professor Jason Read
I have taken much from this article which begins to address the memo:
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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:50 PM
Fire Walk With Me (38,893 posts)
2. I'm sorry; apparently they were options, not stocks...but I hadn't know Cheney received a $20 mil
bonus from Halliburton when he quit to go be vice puppet, and was receiving $200K per year from them just because.