Profits forever, the real mission in Iraq?
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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