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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 02:56 PM
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These dead will not have died in vain
Mr. Cheney?





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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 03:00 PM
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1. More must die tomorrow so those who died yesterday did not die in vain.
That in a nutshell is the "conservative" plan for our kids in Iraq. It can not be spun or manipulated any other way. bush lied. Conservatives gleefully accepted his lies and he now has no fucking idea what to do, except pride is keeping him from admitting his failure.
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 03:06 PM
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2. For those who say nothing is going right in Iraq


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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 03:07 PM
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3. "did not die in vain."
The Major Oil Companies report record profits every year, since the War on Terra started!
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 03:15 PM
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4. Halliburton - CEO: David J. Lesar - Military contracts 2005: $5.8 billion
Edited on Wed Jan-03-07 03:41 PM by seemslikeadream




http://www.warprofiteers.com/article.php?list=type&type...

This company truly has a guardian angel: former Halliburton CEO and now Vice President Dick Cheney who looks out for its interests from the White House. The result? $8 billion in contracts rebuilding Iraq in 2004.

CEO: David J. Lesar
Military contracts 2005: $5.8 billion
Oil and gas-related contributions in the 2004 election cycle: $221,249*

The biggest windfall in the invasion of Iraq has most certainly gone to the oil services and logistics company Halliburton . The company, which was formerly run by Vice President Dick Cheney, had revenue of over $8 billion in contracts in Iraq in 2003 alone. And while Halliburton s dealings in Iraq have been dogged everywhere by scandal including now a criminal investigation into overcharging by Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root for gas shipped into Iraq Vice President Cheney manages to be doing quite well from the deal. He owns $433,000 unexercised Halliburton stock options worth more than $10 million dollars.

But Halliburton s history of benefiting from government largesse goes back a ways. From 1962 to 1972 the Pentagon paid the company tens of millions of dollars to work in South Vietnam, where they built roads, landing strips, harbors, and military bases from the demilitarized zone to the Mekong Delta. The company was one of the main contractors hired to construct the Diego Garcia air base in the Indian Ocean, according to Pentagon military histories.

In the early 1990s the company was awarded the job to study and then implement the privatization of routine army functions under then-secretary of defense Dick Cheney. When Cheney quit his Pentagon job, he landed the job of Halliburton 's CEO, bringing with him his trusted deputy David Gribbin. The two substantially increased Halliburton 's government business until they quit in 2000, once Cheney was elected vice president. This included a $2.2 billion bill for a Brown and Root contract to support US soldiers in Operation Just Endeavor in the Balkans.

After Cheney and Gribbin departed, another confidante of Cheney, Admiral Joe Lopez, former commander in chief for U.S. forces in southern Europe, took over Gribbin's old job of go-between for the government and the company, according to Brown and Root's own press releases.

In 2001 the company took in $13 billion in revenues, according to its latest annual report. Currently, Brown and Root estimates it has $740 million in existing U.S. government contracts (approximately 37 percent of its global business).

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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 03:22 PM
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5. Congress needs to look at Halliburton in the first 100 hours...
Edited on Wed Jan-03-07 03:23 PM by Hubert Flottz
And impeach Cheney asap.
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 03:39 PM
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6. And the winner is





HALLIBURTON FACT SHEET

http://www.warprofiteers.com/article.php?id=11230

Halliburton has earned over $3.9 billion in government contracts in 2003 alone

This includes combating oil fires and fix oil pipelines: $710 million; support for invading army: $820 million; housing and transportation for troops in Kuwait: $289 million; housing and transportation for troops in Jordan: $40 million; housing and transportation for teams searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq: $40 million

Other Halliburton Contracts



Camp Bondsteel and Camp Monteith in Kosovo: $829.2 million
Eagle Base and Camp McGovern in Bosnia/Herzegovinia: $695.2 million
Taszar air base in Hungary: $287.7 million
Incirlik Airbase in Turkey: $100 million
Bagram and Kandahar Airbase in Afghanistan: $52.2 million
Camp Able Century in Macedonia: $30.5 million
Camp Lemonier in Djibouti: $28 million
Training mission in Georgia: $25.1 million
Camp Stronghold Freedom in Uzbekistan: $22.1 million

US Vice-President Dick Cheney, Halliburton 's Former CEO

In 2001 and 2002 Cheney earned twice as much in deferred salary from Halliburton from his previous job as chief executive officer of Halliburton -- $183,000 each year
He also owns 433,000 unexercised Halliburton stock options at the end of 2002, worth more than $10 million dollars

Halliburton 's Pre- and Post- Iraq War Profits

Halliburton 's net profit for the second quarter of 2003: $26 million
Halliburton net loss the second quarter of 2002: $498 million

In December 2003, the United States Army found Halliburton of overcharging the government by $61 million for fuel transportation and $67 million for food services. The company charged as much as three dollars a gallon for gasoline that local companies were importing for under a dollar.

Brown and Root has been also been investigated for over billing the government in its domestic operations. In February 2002, Brown and Root paid out $2 million to settle a suit with the Justice Department that alleged the company defrauded the government during the mid-1990s closure of Fort Ord in Monterey, California, by fraudulently inflated project costs by misrepresenting the quantities, quality, and types of materials required for 224 projects.

A Government Accounting Office study showed that a Brown and Root operation in Bosnia estimated at $191.6 million when presented to Congress in 1996 had ballooned to $461.5 million a year later. Examples of overspending
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 04:07 PM
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7. I spent some time at Fort Ord.
Out of all the posts they could have closed why Fort Ord? * The land was worth Lots of MONEY, to someone!
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Imagevision Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 04:17 PM
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9. How ironic it will be to see Cheney return to Halliburton after 08
Cheney makes Trump look like a has been, lightweight. -- become the VP. run the country into war, secure all the defense contracts/rebuilding and when the time is up? Simply return as the CEO and it's business as usual.

Nobody could ever top Cheney's ultra war scam, Mushroom Clouds! Booom!!
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Imagevision Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 04:21 PM
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10. Cheney says "no bid contracts" and there were no bid contracts!!
It doesn't get any plainer then this.
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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 04:09 PM
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8. Dying in vain? What does that mean?
Here's what the dictionary says:

vain /veɪn/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation,
adjective, -er, -est.
1. excessively proud of or concerned about one's own appearance, qualities, achievements, etc.; conceited: a vain dandy.
2. proceeding from or showing personal vanity: vain remarks.

3. ineffectual or unsuccessful; futile: a vain effort.
4. without real significance, value, or importance; baseless or worthless: vain pageantry; vain display.



Now, most people think of the third or fourth definition in conjunction with the Iraq debacle and the endless sacrifice our troops endure on a daily basis. I highlighted the first and second definitions to point out whose interest does their sacrifice serve? Who is sending these troops to their deaths because he is excessively proud of or concerned about (his) own appearance? Whose call for a "surge" in troops is proceeding from or showing personal vanity?

IMPEACH BOTH WAR CRIMINALS SIMULTANEOUSLY!
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 04:42 PM
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11. IMPEACH BOTH WAR CRIMINALS SIMULTANEOUSLY!
It's the only way robertpaulsen. :hi:

A vain dandy indeed



Haiti or New Orleans? All looks the same to dick $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$



http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=10528

Haiti: Companies Covet Post-War Rebuilding Contracts

by Rick Westhead, Toronto Star
March 23rd, 2004

Hundreds of U.S. and Canadian soldiers already patrol the rubble-strewn streets of Port-au-Prince, and the United Nations and other countries have pledged thousands more will soon descend on Haiti.

While the troops may be well-armed and protected by state-of-the-art Huey military helicopters, sustaining a peacekeeping force of thousands requires more than security. There's also the matter of housing and feeding the soldiers, not to mention more mundane chores like laundry, acquiring flush toilets and showers and delivering mail.

Nation-rebuilding projects in countries such as Iraq, the Congo and Haiti have spawned a growing industry as private-sector companies compete to win contracts to aid in the rebuilding efforts. Some analysts say the business now generates as much as $200 billion (U.S.) a year.

"When you roll up all the companies involved here, there's no question it's in the billions," said Len Supko, a former U.S. Army colonel who's now a program manager with Cubic Corp., a San Diego, Calif., company that uses computer simulations to help train U.S. troops before their deployment abroad.

Supporting U.S. military efforts in Haiti alone might produce $100 million a year, said Doug Brooks, president of the International Peace Operations Association, a Washington-based trade group representing companies that covet military support contracts.

"There's going to be a lot of activity and bidding here," Brooks said.

"It may not be a big deal compared to Iraq, but it's right around the corner, so there aren't the costs of getting your people around the world."

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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 04:53 PM
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12. Speaking of New Orleans...
HALLIBURTON/KATRINA CONNECTION

Halliburton gets another $33 million for Hurricane Katrina clean-up
12 Oct. 2005

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (HalliburtonWatch.org) -- The U.S. Navy awarded $33 million to Halliburton for clean up work at naval air stations damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the Department of Defense announced last night.

The money will be added to the $12 million awarded to Halliburton on August 29, the day Katrina made landfall. Both awards, totalling $45 million, require the company to repair structures and remove debris at naval air stations in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Mississippi and in Louisiana.

On Sept. 14, the Navy announced another $15 million for Halliburton to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in pumping water out of New Orleans, restoring utilities and constructing temporary morgues.

The Navy assigned the work to the company under the $500 million "construction capabilities contract," (or CONCAP), awarded in 2001 and renewed in 2004 after competitive bidding.

Last night's announcement brings the current value of Halliburton's Katrina contracts to $61.3 million, a number that is likely to grow as new task orders are issued in the future.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/news/katrina2.html

Why Didn't the Buses Come?

Bush-Linked Florida Company and the Katrina Evacuation Fiasco

By TIM SHORROCK
Counterpunch
January 21 / 22, 2006
Memphis.

The U.S. Department of Transportation may hold the key to one of the biggest unanswered questions from Hurricane Katrina: Why did it take nearly a week for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to mobilize private buses to evacuate thousands of city residents desperately seeking rescue from the horrific conditions in the Superdome, the Convention Center and the open tarmac of Interstate 10?

Clues to that mystery will come in the form of an audit into a FEMA contract for hurricane evacuation services awarded in 2002 to the Federal Aviation Administration. An initial report on the audit, which was quietly opened last October by the DOT's Office of Inspector General, is nearing completion and will be released to the public soon, a DOT official told Reconstruction Watch.

So far, the IG's office suspects that that the FAA "did not verify that the services were performed," said David Barnes, a public affairs officer in the Office of Inspector General. As a result, the IG "has raised questions about the FAA's internal controls."

The audit is also focused on Landstar Express America Inc. A trucking and logistics company based in Jacksonville, Fla., Landstar is a politically well-connected corporation that's risen to the top of the U.S. transportation industry without actually owning any trucks. Chairman Jeffrey Crowe served until recently as head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and last April Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appointed him to his Advisory Council on Base Realignment and Closure.

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Landstar, however, has not been reticent to talk about its profits from the contract. Last October, the company disclosed that $129.8 million of the $676 million it earned in revenue during the third quarter of 2005 was directly attributable to its "disaster relief" contract with "the United States Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration."

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http://www.counterpunch.org/shorrock01212006.html

DOT overpays Landstar $32 million

by Terrence Nguyen, web editor

Jan 23, 2006 3:06 PM

A recent report by the Dept. of Transportations Office of Inspector General (OIG) suggests that the Federal Aviation Administration (FFA) needs to overhaul its emergency transportation contracting procedure-- it reportedly overpaid Landstar Express America $32 million for providing buses to evacuate New Orleans residents following Hurricane Katrina. Landstar issued a $32 million check to FFA the day it provided the agency with documentation to support its invoices.

Landstar quoted the FAA $137 million to provide 1,105 buses each day at a cost of over $5,000 per bus for Katrina evacuations from Aug. 31, 2005 to Oct. 7. On Sept. 23, FAA paid Landstar a partial payment of $59 million based on bus services from Sept. 23 to Oct. 7.

An OIG request for documentation led to the discovery that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) actually required an average of 400 buses per day and that the cost per bus was around $1,550. On Nov. 7the day Landstar provided that documentation-- Landstar issued FFA a $32-million check, which represented the difference between the partial payment and the actual cost of bus services.

The nature of those types of exigencies illustrates the need for careful and thorough review of all associated paperwork after an emergency has passed, stated the OIG report, signed by David A. Dobbs, Assistant Inspector General for Aviation and Special Program Audits.

Landstar CEO Henry Gerkens said that a down payment was required to pay its contractors for accepting such a large task, adding, to characterize that as an overpayment is a gross inaccuracy. The government still owes Landstar about $200 million, Gerkens said.

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http://fleetowner.com/news/topstory/dot_landstar_overpa... /

KATRINA: DOT Audit Probes Katrina Evacuation Fiasco

by Tim Sharrock, Reconstruction Watch
January 19th, 2006

The U.S. Department of Transportation may hold the key to one of the biggest unanswered questions from Hurricane Katrina:

Why did it take nearly a week for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to mobilize private buses to evacuate thousands of city residents desperately seeking rescue from the horrific conditions in the Superdome, the Convention Center and the open tarmac of Interstate 10?

Clues to that mystery will come in the form of an audit into a FEMA contract for hurricane evacuation services awarded in 2002 to the Federal Aviation Administration. An initial report on the audit, which was quietly opened last October by the DOT's Office of Inspector General, is nearing completion and will be released to the public soon, a DOT official told Reconstruction Watch.

So far, the IG's office suspects that that the FAA "did not verify that the services were performed," said David Barnes, a public affairs officer in the Office of Inspector General. As a result, the IG "has raised questions about the FAA's internal controls."

The audit is also focused on Landstar Express America Inc. A trucking and logistics company based in Jacksonville, Fla., Landstar is a politically well-connected corporation that's risen to the top of the U.S. transportation industry without actually owning any trucks. Chairman Jeffrey Crowe served until recently as head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and last April Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appointed him to his Advisory Council on Base Realignment and Closure.

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In the end, the bus companies did their best without FEMA's help. In the days that followed the hurricane and the disastrous flooding of New Orleans, said Pantuso, the bus association and its members quickly put together spreadsheets of companies with available buses and dispatched them to the storm zone as quickly as they could.

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http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13142

White House Was Told Hurricane Posed Danger

By ERIC LIPTON
Published: January 24, 2006

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 - The White House was told in the hours before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans that the city would probably soon be inundated with floodwater, forcing the long-term relocation of hundreds of thousands of people, documents to be released Tuesday by Senate investigators show.

A Homeland Security Department report submitted to the White House at 1:47 a.m. on Aug. 29, hours before the storm hit, said, "Any storm rated Category 4 or greater will likely lead to severe flooding and/or levee breaching."

The internal department documents, which were forwarded to the White House, contradict statements by President Bush and the homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, that no one expected the storm protection system in New Orleans to be breached.

"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," Mr. Bush said in a television interview on Sept. 1. "Now we're having to deal with it, and will."

Other documents to be released Tuesday show that the weekend before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, Homeland Security Department officials predicted that its impact would be worse than a doomsday-like emergency planning exercise conducted in Louisiana in July 2004.

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http://www.nytimes.com/glogin?URI=http://gk.nytimes.com... )K0,Q5124)bQ5126Q5124)K0,Q5124)b81.n0)bQ5126wQ5120N)K20Q5124)-Q513CKzb&OP=6ae42f05Q2FZoQ5EQ2BZQ20pSQ5E8k4Z0SQ2F8Q24Q24Q20gZQ24(Q7CSQ5E0SQ5EkZt8SQ5EYQ5EQ5EQ24Q5E(I0SQ2F

FBI Uncovers Post-Katrina Fraud

JACKSON, Miss. Jan 23, 2006 (AP) The FBI has uncovered fraud by public officials in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and has created a task force to investigate corruption as federal money pours into the Gulf Coast region, Mississippi's top agent said Monday.

"We are seeing public officials facilitating some of the fraud," John G. Raucci, agent in charge in Mississippi, said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It's not widespread, I will say that, but we have seen it and we have begun addressing it."

Raucci would not give details.

Sheila Thorne, an FBI agent in Louisiana, said the bureau has set up task forces in each of that state's three districts to deal with hurricane-related fraud. "As allegations come in, they will be investigated," Thorne said in a separate interview.

Thorne said agents are looking at all levels of fraud in Louisiana, including public corruption.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1533999&CMP=OTC-R...

Auditors: Katrina waste could top $2 billion

Waste after Hurricane Katrina could top $2 billion, government auditors say
Wasteful spending already has been tabbed at $1 billion
Contracts valued at $500K+ have been awarded with little or no competition
The auditors expect to release their report in January

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The tally for Hurricane Katrina waste could top $2 billion next year because half of the lucrative government contracts valued at $500,000 or greater for cleanup work are being awarded with little competition.

Federal investigators have already determined the Bush administration squandered $1 billion on fraudulent disaster aid to individuals after the 2005 storm.

Now they are shifting their attention to the multimillion dollar contracts to politically connected firms that critics have long said are a prime area for abuse.

In January, investigators will release the first of several audits examining more than $12 billion in Katrina contracts. The charges range from political favoritism to limited opportunities for small and minority-owned firms, which initially got only 1.5 percent of the total work.

more...

http://edition.cnn.com/2006/US/12/26/katrina.waste.ap /

FEMA Secretly Funneling Katrina Donations to Pat Robertson's Diamond Mine Cargo Planes Charity

FEMA Hiding Rev. Pat 'Charity'

from Sploid

Hours after Sploid reported that FEMA was directing Hurricane Katrina donations to a shady charity run by extremist televangelist Pat Robertson, the federal emergency agency has begun quietly replacing its Web pages that prominently displayed links to Robertsons front company.

FEMA disaster Web pages and press releases updated on Aug. 29 encouraged donations to three charities by prominently linking to those organizations at the top of the Donations section of the Katrina disaster site.

The first was obvious: The American Red Cross, a disaster relief agency that defined the role of disaster relief agencies around the world.
The second was less familiar: Operation Blessing as was another religious-sounding group, Americas Second Harvest, which turns out to be a food bank network funded by various corporate farming and restaurant businesses.

After that first screen of three top charities, there was a plain alphabetized list of American charities, many of them religious in nature, all but a few familiar to most Americans.

So what is Operation Blessing, and who runs it?

The shady charity is run by the Rev. Pat Robertson, his wife, his son and a few other board members...not that youll find Robertsons name on the official site.

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http://godlesswonder.blogspot.com/2005/09/fema-secretly...

Hurricane Katrina: The Scandal Karl Rove and the GOP Don't Want Us To Discuss

1. The President and Congress knew this was a growing problem yet still thought our money was better spent removing Saddam Hussein and "stabilizing" Iraq with the National Guard.

The devastation that we saw was not unexpected in any way, shape, or form. On a PR appearance, Bush said, "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." This is a lie. Everyone involved anticipated the breach of the levees.

A year ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed to study how New Orleans could be protected from a hurricane, but Bush ordered that the research not be performed. In early 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a report stating that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters facing the U.S. Even so, two years later the federal funding for flood control in the area dried up as it was diverted to the Iraq war.

The very next year, the Bush administration cut by more than 80%, the funding requested by the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for holding back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain. Additional cuts at the beginning of this year forced the New Orleans district of the Corps to impose a hiring freeze.

2. George Bush and the Republicans anti-environmental policies ravaged the wetlands that were the first line of defense from this disaster.

It is well known that the Republican agenda favors corporate interests and money over preserving wetlands. Typical Republican talking points are to bad-mouth wetlands as useless swamps that are not needed and not useful. It is clear now, more than ever before, that this anti-environmental stance is wrongheaded. Louisiana's wetlands, which would have helped absorb some of the brunt of the storm, were making a comeback until Bush turned over the wetlands to land developers in 2003.

3. Bush and Republicans cut funding for the levee projects and diverted it into Iraq.

Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers essentially stopped major work on the levee system after Bush cut funding for the project. It was the first such stoppage in 37 years. Federal flood control spending for southeastern Louisiana was chopped nearly in half in 2005.

When area lawmakers fought to restore the funds, the same lawmakers the GOP is now pointing fingers at, the White House rebuffed the requests. In 2001, the New Orleans district of the Army Corps of Engineers had $147 million to spend on flood and hurricane projects. This year, after budget cuts, the district has about half that. In fact, the Bush administration proposed further cuts for the district for fiscal year 2006.

4. George Bush demoted FEMA from its prior status under Clinton and appointed political hacks to lead the agency with no experience handling disasters.

Bush has almost completely decimated FEMA since taking office. In particular, Bush slashed funding for the agency's mitigation programs, which include measures taken in advance to minimize the damage caused by natural disasters.

Alphaliberal.comAfter years of steady leadership under former FEMA chief James Lee Witt during the Clinton years, Bush tapped two completely inexperienced FEMA heads since taking office. Indeed, the current head of FEMA was an estate planning lawyer in Colorado before taking over the agency. The New Orleans district of the Army Corps of Engineers was preparing a study to determine ways to protect the region from a hurricane. Because of budget cuts, the study was shelved.

While no one, except perhaps Pat Robertson, blames any American, including the President, for a hurricane, and many fault George Bush about how he handled himself after the hurricane, the real scandal is how the Republicans managed our Government in the years before the hurricane. While this list is not exhaustive, it is clear that Republican priorities have contributed to weakening this country, by diverting our money to foreign ventures, by political cronyism and corruption, and by wrongheaded policies that make disasters like this more likely.

Now Republican officials are pointing fingers down the chain of command, just as they did in the Abu Graib torture scandal. While a lack of accountability may be a staple of this Republican administration, the voters will have the final say on whether they will be accountable. Most Americans understand in a business, as in Government, when things go wrong it is the boss that must take ultimate responsibility. When a boss starts pointing fingers down the chain of command when things go wrong, that is typically a boss that will soon be looking for a new job.

http://blogcritics.org/archives/2005/09/08/164320.php

Who's in Charge? Karl Rove!

By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Thursday, September 15, 2005; 12:00 PM

All you really need to know about the White House's post-Katrina strategy -- and Bush's carefully choreographed address on national television tonight -- is this little tidbit from the ninth paragraph of Elisabeth Bumiller and Richard W. Stevenson's story in the New York Times this morning:

"Republicans said Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff and Mr. Bush's chief political adviser, was in charge of the reconstruction effort."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2005/...

Karl Rove: Hurricane Katrina Reconstruction "Czar"
From SourceWatch

Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's "top strategist" and Deputy Chief of Staff, often called "Bush's brain," is the man Republicans say is in charge of the Hurricane Katrina reconstruction effort. <1>

"The President literally changed horses in the middle of the stream last week, putting 'Heckava Job' Brownie out to pasture and wagering his last bit of political capital on a nag by the name of T-Blossom, who is used to slogging it out on a muddy track. Yes, Bush saddled his favorite political steed, Karl Rove, with the enormous political and economic task of rebuilding the Big Easy. To make the job more alluring he threw infor starters--$200 billion to excite all the participants," Jean Carnahan wrote September 19, 2005.

"For now it looks like Karl is the go to man for the job. Lord, help us," Carnahan said. "'Brownie' was simply harmless and dull, but 'Dr. Evil' is brilliant, cunning, and loathsome. Never mind that this is not Karl's line of work. But it might be his salvation. Who would indict a man engaged in so noble a work? The administration gets a 'double whammy:' Karl's atonement and Bush's revival."

Unofficially Speaking

Bush dispatched Rove and "other aides to assemble ideas from agencies, conservative think tanks, GOP lawmakers and state officials to guide the rebuilding of New Orleans and relocation of flood victims," Jim VandHei and Jonathan Weisman wrote in the September 14, 2005, New York Times. "The idea, aides said, is twofold: provide a quick federal response that comports with Bush's governing philosophy, and prevent Katrina from swamping his second-term ambitions on Social Security, taxes and Middle East democracy-building."

White House spokesman Scott McClellan "indicated" that President Bush would not use his September 15, 2005, address to the nation "to name a 'reconstruction czar' to oversee the effort," the New York Times Elisabeth Bumiller and Richard W. Stevenson reported September 15, 2005. "A number of White House officials have advised the president to name such a czar, with Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of forces in the 2001 war in Afghanistan, being a favorite of Republicans who are pushing the idea."

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Karl_Rove:_H...


I'm sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. So again, I say to Chairman Waxman:

INVESTIGATE. IMPEACH. INDICT. IMPRISON!
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 05:04 PM
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13. They did not die in vain either robertpaulsen
Edited on Wed Jan-03-07 05:12 PM by seemslikeadream


No this is not Haiti, it's New Orleans, really it is

She calls out to the man on the street

sir, can you help me?

Its cold and Ive nowhere to sleep,

Is there somewhere you can tell me?

He walks on, doesnt look back
He pretends he cant hear her

Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there

Oh think twice, its another day for

You and me in paradise

Oh think twice, its just another day for you,

You and me in paradise

She calls out to the man on the street

He can see shes been crying
Shes got blisters on the soles of her feet

Cant walk but shes trying

Oh think twice...

Oh lord, is there nothing more anybody can do

Oh lord, there must be something you can say

You can tell from the lines on her face

You can see that shes been there

Probably been moved on from every place

cos she didnt fit in there

Oh think twice...




Thanks again to Phil Collins for the words
My heart to the people of New Orleans
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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 06:01 PM
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14. Very moving words.
Did you catch Olbermann's comment last night? This particular part fits into your post of what the BFEE did right with Iraq, as well as the vanity that drives their actions:

nd the wars second accomplishment your second accomplishment, sir is to have taken money out of the pockets of every American, even out of the pockets of the dead soldiers on the battlefield, and their families, and to have given that money to the war profiteers.

Because if you sell the Army a thousand Humvees, you cant sell them any more until the first thousand have been destroyed.

The service men and women are ancillary to the equation.

This is about the planned obsolescence of ordnance, isnt, Mr. Bush? And the building of detention centers? And the design of a $125 million courtroom complex at Gitmo, complete with restaurants.

At least the war profiteers have made their money, sir.

And we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.

You have insisted, Mr. Bush, that we must not lose in Iraq, that if we dont fight them there we will fight them here as if the corollary were somehow true, that if by fighting them there we will not have to fight them here.

And yet you have re-made our country, and not re-made it for the better, on the premise that we need to be ready to fight them here, anyway, and always.

In point of fact even if the civil war in Iraq somehow ended tomorrow, and the risk to Americans there ended with it, we would have already suffered a defeat not fatal, not world-changing, not, but for the lives lost, of enduring consequence.

But this country has already lost in Iraq, sir.

Your policy in Iraq has already had its crushing impact on our safety here.

You have already fomented new terrorism and new terrorists.

You have already stoked paranoia.

You have already pitted Americans, one against the other.

We ... will have to live with it.

We ... will have to live with what of the fabric of our nation you have already sacrificed.

The only object still admissible in this debate is the quickest and safest exit for our people there.

But you and soon, Mr. Bush, it will be you and you alone still insist otherwise.

And our sons and daughters and fathers and mothers will be sacrificed there tonight, sir, so that you can say you did not lose in Iraq.

Our policy in Iraq has been criticized for being indescribable, for being inscrutable, for being ineffable.

But it is all too easily understood now.

First we sent Americans to their deaths for your lie, Mr. Bush.

Now we are sending them to their deaths for your ego.

If what is reported is true if your decision is made and the sacrifice is ordered take a page instead from the man at whose funeral you so eloquently spoke this morning Gerald Ford:

Put pragmatism and the healing of a nation ahead of some kind of misguided vision.

Atone.

Sacrifice, Mr. Bush?

No, sir, this is not sacrifice. This has now become human sacrifice.

And it must stop.

And you can stop it.

Next week, make us all look wrong.

Our meaningless sacrifice in Iraq must stop.

And you must stop it.


http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0103-61.htm
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low_phreaq Donating Member (362 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-04-07 01:17 AM
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15. Olbermann referenced the Gettysburg Address
I didn't catch it at first, but then I happened to read the Gettysburg Address:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal"

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground -- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=36&p...

Olbermann said "And we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain."

The only way I can see for us to resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain is for us to stop this war. If these dead serve to reunite our nation against the current administration and war profiteers, they shall not have died in vain. If these dead serve to restore our liberty and abolish the culture of fear, they shall not have died in vain. If these dead serve to move us to action so that we may once again have government of the people by the people for the people, they shall not have died in vain.


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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-04-07 01:32 AM
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16. Wow. That is amazing work, and thank you.
and recommended. If you have time go to http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics.html and browse through the lyrics. There are way too many, it shouldn't be so, that speak truth now as much as then.
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-04-07 09:29 AM
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17. Thank you ConsAreLiars
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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-05-07 12:14 AM
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20. Thank you for that link. I had missed that.
Edited on Fri Jan-05-07 12:22 AM by ConsAreLiars
Shows the truth of that particular US backed coup and who the Monsters who now control the US state apparatus find to be "their kind of guys."

A couple (well three) of my Phil Ochs favorites that would be worth your talents:
http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/white-boots....
http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/i-kill-there...
http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/cannons.html

And, of course, for the Sheehan trashers:
http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/liberal.html

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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-05-07 12:22 AM
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21. oh and thanks for Ochs links, you know I love him
Edited on Fri Jan-05-07 12:24 AM by seemslikeadream
:hug:



It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. The reward is the act of struggle itself, not what you win. Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That's morality, that's religion. That's art. That's life.

--Phil Ochs
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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-05-07 12:36 AM
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22. There are now several Ochs videos up at YouTube.
Just search on his name. Your quote captures the essence of his unique spirit, insight and commitment. Any who are saying "Phil Who?" owe it to themselves to listen, and if they don't get it the first time, listen again and again until theirs hearts begin to hear.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-04-07 09:44 AM
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18. Too Late.
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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-04-07 01:00 PM
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19. Kick this to the top!
:kick:

:dem:
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-06-07 12:14 PM
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23. Got any options, Mr. Cheney?
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