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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-26-07 05:39 PM
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The Shock Doctrine: The Clintons and the Cheneys
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In the Balkans, where Clinton deployed nineteen thousand soldiers, US bases sprang up as mini Halliburton cities: neat, gated suburbs, built and run entirely by the company. And Halliburton was committed to providing the troops with all the comforts of home, including fast-food outlets, supermarkets, movie theatres and high-tech gyms. Some senior officers wondered what the strip-malling of the military would do to troops discipline-but they too were enjoying the perks. "Everything with Halliburton was gold-plated," one told me. "So we weren't complaining." As far as Halliburton was concerned, keeping the customer satisfied was good business-it guaranteed more contracts, because profits were calculated as a percentage of costs, the higher the costs, the higher the profits. "Don't worry, it's cost plus," was a saying made famous in Baghdad's green zone, but the deluxe war spending was pioneered during the Clinton era.



In the mid-nineties, Lookheed began taking over information technology divisions of the US government, running it's computer systems and a great deal of it's data managment. Largely, under the public radar, the company went so far in this direction that, in 2004, The New York Times reported, "Lockheed Martin doesn't run the United States. But it does help run a breathtakingly big part of it...It sorts your mail and totals your taxes. It cuts Social Security checks and counts the US census. It runs space flights and monitors air traffic. To make all that happen, Lockheed writes more computer code than Microsoft.



It made for a powerful husband and wife team. While Dick was steering Halliburton to take over the infrastructure of warfare abroad, Lynne was helping Lockheed to take over the day-to-day running of the government at home. At times husband and wife found themselves in direct competition. In 1996, when the state of Texas announced that corporations could bid to run it's welfare program-a contract worth $2 billion over five years-both Lockheed and the IT giant Electronic Data Systems, which boasted Dick Cheney as a board member, bid on the contract. In the end, the Clinton administration intervened and halted the auction. Though it was generally an enthusiatic supporter of out-sourcing, deciding who was eligible to receive welfare was determined to be an essential role of government, not suitable for privatization. Both Lockheed and EDS cried foul, as did the Governor of Texas, George W Bush, who thought privatizing welfare was a terrific idea.



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  -The Shock Doctrine: The Clintons and the Cheneys Joanne98  Dec-26-07 05:39 PM   #0 
  - Going to go back and read all these threads, don't have the  K Gardner   Dec-26-07 05:42 PM   #1 
  - The book is a great resource.  mmonk   Dec-26-07 05:44 PM   #2 
  - I got The Shock Doctrine for Christmas. Just started it.  tekisui   Dec-26-07 05:53 PM   #4 
     - It does open one's eyes.  mmonk   Dec-26-07 05:58 PM   #5 
  - You're Welcome. We should all have the most information possible  Joanne98   Dec-26-07 05:45 PM   #3 
  - k  bobthedrummer   Dec-26-07 06:21 PM   #6 
  - k&r -- I wish more people would get the big picture. (nt)  scarletwoman   Dec-26-07 06:25 PM   #7 
  - Camps Monteith and Bondsteel?  CorpGovActivist   Dec-26-07 06:38 PM   #8 
  - You May Find the LOGCAP I and III Contracts...  CorpGovActivist   Dec-26-07 06:55 PM   #9 
  - And all this time I thought it was "we the people"  bonito   Dec-26-07 11:43 PM   #10 
  - Great picture of Hillary and Bill taking an oath to Cheney's bible.  Ichingcarpenter   Dec-26-07 11:58 PM   #11 
  - Here ya go:  Swamp Rat   Dec-27-07 05:42 AM   #12 
  - Post your picture at Free Republic. They'll love it there!  Perry Logan   Dec-27-07 05:55 AM   #13 
     - I wouldn't know. I never go there. How about you? You spend a lot of time there?  Swamp Rat   Dec-27-07 06:27 AM   #16 
        - No need. The anti-Hillary folks trot over here and post it for free!  Perry Logan   Dec-27-07 06:35 AM   #17 
           - You seem to know a lot about "anti-Hillary folks" and freepers.  Swamp Rat   Dec-27-07 06:38 AM   #18 
              - The parallels are striking--the focus on character assassination, for example.  Perry Logan   Dec-27-07 06:49 AM   #20 
                 - Me too. I track BushlerBots who pose as Hillary fans in order disrupt Democratic message boards.  Swamp Rat   Dec-27-07 06:59 AM   #21 
                 - That's amazing. How do you know they're "BushlerBots who pose as Hillary fans"? Some psychic thing?  Perry Logan   Dec-27-07 07:28 AM   #24 
                    - A lot of experience.  Swamp Rat   Dec-27-07 08:16 AM   #25 
                       - Deleted.  Perry Logan   Dec-27-07 08:18 AM   #26 
                       - Swamp Rat is on a roll.  mmonk   Dec-27-07 04:17 PM   #30 
                 - Another parallel: an obsession with finding or creating ugly images of their opponents.  Perry Logan   Dec-27-07 07:25 AM   #22 
                 - And another: they make up accusations, then instantly and totally believe them.  Perry Logan   Dec-27-07 07:26 AM   #23 
  - "I'll just trot over to DU and post this anti-Clinton stuff. That'll demoralize everybody. Hilk!"  Perry Logan   Dec-27-07 05:59 AM   #14 
  - This is the primary. We're suppose to bash each others candidates.  Joanne98   Dec-27-07 06:15 AM   #15 
     - Well defended, Joanne98. And I like "The Shock Doctrine." But I think you worry too much.  Perry Logan   Dec-27-07 06:44 AM   #19 
     - Well, I can say in defence of her that most of this stuff was done by her husband.  Joanne98   Dec-27-07 04:14 PM   #29 
     - Understanding of Primary Process Purpose Kick n/t  CorpGovActivist   Dec-27-07 10:17 AM   #27 
  - k  bobthedrummer   Dec-27-07 04:00 PM   #28 
 

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