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Profits forever, the real mission in Iraq?

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New US Embassy under construction in Baghdad.

Why are we still in Iraq? The violence continues unabated as our casualties continue to surge. Public support for the war is at its lowest ebb ever. Our key ally Pakistan appears to be heading toward an Iran style revolution. Even our troops have lost faith. Yet President Bush continues to act as if nothing is wrong and perseveres forward with a strategy that can only be described as detached from reality at this point. We are building the biggest embassy in the world in Baghdad, for reasons that are unclear. It will in fact be, if completed, the largest embassy on the planet. Insurgents fire mortars at it almost every day now. Why would anyone build a house where people were going to shoot at it every day?

I am betting some contractors are making a killing constructing this monument to Bush’s dreams. In fact a lot of money has been made in Iraq by Bush’s friends and cronies. By accident or design a small number of people are getting very rich off of Iraq. I’m pretty sure that we weren’t told that the purpose of the war was to liberate billions of dollars from the US Treasury and pass them out like so many pallets of candy. It’s all too depressing really, but for those who want to delve deeper into the cash sink that is Iraq there are many excellent links here: What companies are profiting from the US actions in Iraq?

It’s especially interesting to compare Bush to the efforts made during World War Two to prevent war profiteering. I know Bush likes to wrap the mantle of World War Two around himself as he plays war president, but real war presidents like Truman and Roosevelt considered war profiteering unpatriotic. I’m still thinking that we will be leaving Iraq soon, as mission creep seems to have evolved into “profit’s forever.” I’m glad the Dow Jones is so high, but if this is the real reason Bush is staying in Iraq, we’ve been had.

“Victory means exit strategy, and it’s important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is.”– Governor George W. Bush (R)-TX

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Written by unitedcats

May 30, 2007 at 9:38 am

Posted in Business, Iraq, Politics, War

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  1. Lieberman the characterless Senator is in Iraq and according to him that US is making lots of progress but still there is lot more to be done before they will leave Iraq. There is no end to Iraq and Afghanistan wars as long as Bush is in White House and he has support of Lieberman type of Senators. Also keep in mind this senator can’t be trusted he will join the Republicans if the vote of Iraq get tougher and than he will go to the voters and tell them he did it because it was necesarry for US security. Another senate term for this patriot!!!

    Quran Bible

    May 30, 2007 at 12:07 pm

  2. Whether this was the motivation for the invasion or not, it’s hard to deny that the only real winners in this so far have been the these guys.


    May 30, 2007 at 5:55 pm

  3. I’ve had people tell me in all seriousness that the people of Iraq “won” the war. Yeah, a quarter of Iraq’s population is dead, wounded, or displaced. That would be like a war where 75 million American’s were dead, wounded, or refugees. Not exactly what I would call a victory. Sigh.


    May 30, 2007 at 7:50 pm

  4. The stock market is actually down in real terms.

    Our currency has been so debauched by this war on our money spending done by Bush.

    Price the DOW in Euros and you will see that our money has been shrunk like a wool sweater in hot water!

    And the bean counters in DC have the gaul to say we dont have inflation? They drop out the ‘volatile’ components of FOOD and ENERGY (as if we dont need them?)..

    Time to plant a Victory Garden.

    And so it goes..


    May 30, 2007 at 9:38 pm

  5. Clear winner of Iraq invasion is IRAN. Bush removed their arch enemy spending hundreds of billions dollars to topple his government. Lost 3400 (really don’t remember exact figure) US soldiers lives so far.

    Iran is the clear winner of Iraq invasion and removal of Saddam Hussein.


    May 31, 2007 at 11:38 am

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