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protect freedom impeach bush now Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-11-03 09:40 AM
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Bush's war profitteers

Divvying up the Iraq Pie

By Stephen Pizzo,
October 7, 2003

Editor's Note: The following report is a detailed breakdown of the small group of individuals and companies that are reaping the benefits of the Iraq war reconstruction.

The Wall Street Journal describes it as "the largest government reconstruction effort since Americans helped to rebuild Germany and Japan after World War II." Just how much the rebuilding of Iraq will cost American taxpayers is a figure still too elusive to capture. But the President's request for an additional $87 billion in September, atop the $3.7 billion a month we are already spending, indicates the final figure will be, as one pundit described it, quite "an adult number." Recent estimates now put the final figure somewhere between $200 billion to as much as half a trillion dollars over the next ten years.

America's Iraq-sticker-shock may turn to anger when taxpayers discover the small group of men and companies reaping the benefits of President Bush's newly found appreciation for nation building. While Vice President Dick Cheney's company, Halliburton, has attracted most of press attention for its Iraq-related contracts, Halliburton is hardly the whole story. Halliburton's share is but a slice of multi-billion dollar pie being divided up among a brotherhood of unusually well connected and economically related individuals and entities.

MORE......list of war profitteers....scum Cheney etc.....
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dutchdemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-11-03 10:15 AM
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1. The Bush family has been starting wars for nearly a century.
Edited on Sat Oct-11-03 10:16 AM by dutchdemocrat
The Bush family has been in war profiteering for nearly a century. That's what they do.

Samuel Prescott Bush (1863 October 4 Brick Church NJ - 1948 February 8 Columbus OH) was the father of Senator Prescott Bush, grandfather of George H. W. Bush and greatgrandfather George W. Bush.

He was the son of the Rev. James Smith Bush.

He married Flora Sheldon on 1894 June 20.

He was president (c1906-1927) of Buckeye Steel Castings of Columbus, Ohio, which (among other things) made railway parts for the Harrimans. The two families were closely associated at least until the end of World War II.

He was the first president of National Manufacturers Association, and cofounder of Scioto Country Club and Columbus Academy.

In the spring of 1918, Bush became chief of the Ordnance, Small Arms and Ammunition Section of the War Industries Board of Bernard Baruch and Clarence Dillon, with national responsibility for government assistance to and relations with Remington and other weapons companies. (Senate hearings in 1934 by the Nye committee attacked the Merchants of Deathwar profiteers such as Remington Arms and the British Vickers companywhose salesmen had manipulated many nations into war and then supplied weapons to all sides.)

Unfortunately most of the records and correspondence of Bush's arms-related section of the government have been burned to save space in the National Archives.

He lost his wife Flora Sheldon on 1920 September 4, in Narragansett RI. She stepped in front of a car.<1>

Bush is interred at Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus OH.

You must read DU's editorial today.

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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-11-03 10:48 AM
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2. I would like an accounting of where all that money is going.
To the nearest million will do for now.
Just what has been fix/reconstructed/constructed in Iraq since the "war" ended that would benefit that country?
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