CORRUPT CONTRACTORS PROLONGED THE IRAQ WAR FOR PROFIT
WAR PROFIT TAX SHOULD PAY “HERO STIMULUS”
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER
We know this about the Iraq War. It was justified by lies and started by friends of Bush and Cheney who made billions in corrupt deals, no bid contracts, defective equipment and fraud. We also know oil companies jacked up prices, made billions more, all using the Iraq War and the sacrifice of our troops to defraud America.
What we also know is that companies like Blackwater (now XE), Haliburton and others whose billion dollar “no bid” contracts were meant to save lives, actually cost lives, plenty of them. We aren’t just talking the poisoned water and inferior food sold at exorbitant prices or the battles started by “cowboy mercenaries” but won at the cost of the lives of hundreds of low paid American troops.
With companies like Blackwater (tied to the Republican Party thru Amway head Dick DeVos) and Vice President “Dick” Cheney’s Haliburton Corp leading the way in shameful and corrupt practices in direct league with the same politicians who started and prolonged the Iraq War, Americans died by the thousands under highly questionable circumstances.
If we were really rebuilding Iraq and protecting the lives of our troops, why had it turned out that nearly every project meant to shorten the war and stabilize Iraq as a democracy was undermined or scuttled by the same “GOP insider” companies whose friends started the war in the first place?
These companies worked hand in hand with corrupt elements in Iraq, often friends and associates of our enemies themselves. Billions of dollars disappeared, hundreds of thousands of weapons paid for by the US mysteriously ended up in enemy hands and year after year, Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld saw nothing, did nothing, nothing but watch their closest friends rake in the bucks.
If corporations and their political stooges are going to use our sons and daughters as “sweatshop” labor with the added risk of death or dismemberment along with it, then, perhaps, it is this pack of gangsters who should split the take, not with their stockholders but with our troops, the ones who really deserve it.
Its insulting to talk of medical care and pensions when the real war made billions for the few. If they can’t spare a measly hundred grand or so, chump change to our “no bid” Iraq contractor gang, to each of our troops who served, then maybe we could see to it that these same gangsters could do some time earning the money our troops bled for.
Every war has its profiteers. War is famous for it. We have never had a president and vice president so directly involved in gangsterism before. When we found out that criminals from Enron wrote our energy policy and the biggest polluters in history became our “environmental watchdogs” we should have expected a war to be managed by corporations in partnership with the enemy.
It happened during WW2 and our government went to war against the traitors, not with them. How times have changed.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat vet and regular contributor on political and social issues.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.