Corporate Fascism Rebuilt Iraq – Why They Hate Us

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Remember breathlessly watching the “Shock and Awe” of the destruction of Baghdad in 2003?  After months of demonizing Saddam Hussein’s regime and his weapons of mass destruction in the media, George Bush preemptively struck a country with no known connection to Al Quaeda or the 9/11 attack. 

After spending billions on the strategic deliberate destruction of the capital city of a sovereign nation that was never a proven threat,  the next round of spending went to private corporations to rebuild 
Funds from the US-operated IRRF are largely disbursed through contracts to private firms. Several US companies have been particularly prominent in receiving Iraq reconstruction funds. Bechtel of San Francisco, USA has been awarded over $2.4 billion for infrastructure rehabilitation through USAID contracts. Flour AMEC, LLC, Greenville, South Carolina, USA has been awarded nearly $1 billion for water, sewer of solid waste management systems. Parsons Corporation of Pasadena, California has been awarded $1.3 billion for construction services. Washington Group International of Boise, Idaho, USA has received awards of $580 million for water resource reconstruction projects. Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), a subsidiary of Halliburton of Houston, Texas has received awards of $580 million. Another $1.2 billion has been distributed to Iraqi contractors. In 2005/2006 Symbion Power of the US were awarded $250 million of competitively bid new fixed price electrical infrastructure work throughout the country. Symbion Power is a privately owned engineering firm with an ownership structure that involves a security company Hart Security.The dollar figures provided here are as of July 2006.[12]

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investment_in_post-invasion_Iraq

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  1. You two gals keep laying out the truth like this, and w/any luck at all, we might just be in the FEMA camp together!
    Feodor Dostoyevsky, a fervent Russian Orthodox Christian and survivor of a Siberian camp, said that bringing the dissidents to those prisons was the regime’s greatest mistake, as once widely-scattered opponents could meet, discuss, and re-formulate their next attack on TPTB….
    See ya at Kamp Koncentration, home of patriots!

     
  2. SEEING IS BELIEVING!
    The Iraqi jet, an advanced Russian MiG-25 Foxbat, was found buried in the sand after an informant tipped off U.S troops.
    The MiG was dug out of a massive sand dune near the Al Taqqadum airfield ! by U.S. Air Force recovery
    teams. The MiG was reportedly one of over two dozen Iraqi jets buried in the sand, like hidden treasure,
    waiting to be recovered at a later date. Contrary to what some in the major media have reported, not all the jets found were from the Gulf War era.
    The Russian-made MiG-25 Foxbat being recovered by U.S. Air Force troops in the photos is an advanced reconnaissance version never before seen in the West and is equipped with sophisticated electronic warfare devices.
    U.S. Air Force recovery teams had to use large earth-moving equipment to uncover the MiG, which is over 70 feet long and weighs nearly 25 tons.
    The Foxbat is known to be one of Iraq’s top jet fighters. The advanced electronic reconnaissance version found by the U.S. Air Force is currently in service with the Russian air force. The MiG is capable of flying at speeds of over 2,000 miles an hour, or three times the speed of sound, and! at altitudes of over 75,000 feet.
    The recovery of th e advanced MiG fighter is considered to be an intelligence coup by the U.S. Air Force.. The Foxbat may also be equipped with advanced Russian- and French-made electronics that were sold to Iraq during the 1990s in violation of a U..N. ban on arms sales to Baghdad.
    The buried aircraft at Al Taqqadum were covered in camouflage netting, sealed and, in many cases, had their wings removed before being buried more than 10 feet beneath the Iraqi desert.
    The discovery of the buried Iraqi jet fighters illustrates the problem faced by ! U.S. inspection teams searching Iraq for weapons of mass destruction. Iraq is larger in size than California, and the massive deserts south and west of Baghdad were used by Saddam Hussein to hide weapons during the first Gulf war.
    U.S. intelligence sources have already uncovered several mass grave burial sites in the open deserts with an estimated 10,000 dead hidden there. In addition, Iraq previously hid SCUD missiles, chemical weapons an d biological warheads by burying them under the desert sand.
    Top U.S. weapons inspector Dr. David Kay is known to favor human intelligence as the primary means to
    find Iraq’s hidden treasure trove of weapons and secrets.
    While there are rumors of Iraqi chemical and biological weapons being shipped to nearby Syria, the weapons may very well still remain inside Iraq buried under the vast desert wastelands.
    Some critics of the Bush administration have claimed that the inability of U.S.. forces to uncover weapons of mass destruction is proof that the president misled the nation into the war with Iraq.
    Ho wever, in recent days the critics have fallen silent as word quietly leaked from Iraq that major discoveries have already been made and are now being documented completely.
    My comment: there are photos of the jets but they do not copy here. If the MiGs were buried out there in the dunes, who knows what else is buried out there.

     
    • Sam, the problem was foreign policy changing with the winds. If you go back to the Carter administration;Iran kicked out our puppet, the Shah Reza Pahlavi, brought back Ayatollah Kohmeini and held our embassy hostage for months. Remember the Iran Contra scandal that rocked the Reagan administration where Ollie North had the bright idea of selling arms to the Iranians to fund the Contras’ revolution against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua? At the same time we were selling weapons to Kohmeini’s Iran, we were providing weapons and support to Saddam Hussein in his war with Iran. Then George HW Bush became president and we had Desert Storm to attack Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
      If they had weapons hidden away, it’s because our foreign policy in the 1980s provided them on a silver plate. How many thousands of Americans have suffered and died in service to the insanity of American foreign policy? How many corporations have profited by it?

       
  3. Hold on here, whoa! I remember Hussein bringing this upon his own head by deceiving the world, not just the United States or George Bush, but the world into believing he did have WMDs. So this is a fictitious report with half truths at best. President Bush and the World, gave Saddam one opportunity after another to come clean, and Saddam didn’t, as a matter of fact, Saddam even pushed the envelope saying he had chemical warfare weapons. The world, not only the U.S. and George Bush pushed for sanctions to force Hussein to turn over his WMDs and chemical weapons he claimed to have, and too, to allow weapons inspectors back into his country we he expelled a record of 12 times, and he led the world to believe he had possession of muster gas war heads which he threatened to bomb the Kurdish with, and went even further still, by saying he had nuclear dirty bombs. The Israeli’s, Britt’s, Germany, France, and the United States all, came to the conclusion that Saddam Hussein as the Iraqi President had Weapons of Mass Destruction, and every one bought into that notion, and why wouldn’t they, when Saddam said he had possession of them as well. May I remind you too, that our Air Force was being fired upon also for the third or fourth time, and as the threat climbed against the Kurdish in Northern Iraq, the war drums started sounding. Lets not forget either, that damn near all of the Democrats and Republicans and the parliament in the UK, Germany and France all voted to enter Iraq declaring war against Saddam Hussein and his WMD. And may I also remind you, that allot of Saddam’s weapons leaked over Iraq’s borders, what kind of weapons we don’t know, only that there were a lot of traffic going into Syria and Iran. Were they WMDs, most likely not? But don’t pile this on President George’s lap either, there is a whole lot of reasons, legitimate reasons why we entered Iraq. When asked if he would change anything, Saddam said pointedly, Yes! I would have never told them I had WMDs, that was a big mistake. He went on to say, they may not have attacked Iraq…This report is wrapped around a dead fish!

     
  4. I want to make clear too. The crooked companies that developed indirectly from the war on Iraq, is something that has repeated it’s self from the very first battle ever fought, and the killing of Able by Cain. We will always have those who will take any advantage they can, to exploit money off a terrible war…But there are many more who do not. Capitalism is a good or bad as the men and woman who create and run their businesses. But the Iraqi war, came out of Husein’s threat, not because of Capitalism. I don’t believe for a moment, that had Saddam agreed to allow the inspections to carry on, and not boast as he had about having WMDs and chemical war heads, there would have been a war, and that’s a fact that cannot be buried and covered up with sand either…

     
  5. Bush and Cheney wanted Saddam gone, they figured with Saddam out of the picture, they would score a trifecta; The Likudniks in Israel and the US would be solidly in their corner, Eye-Rak would be opened for business ( from McDonalds to B of A) Every Eye Raki would be enslaved with usury (credit cards), and the oil fields would be opened to the Texas oil mafia.
    A nice side bar was the show case of American kick-ass firepower & sales of high-tech weapons,
    Bush / Cheney killed our economy through their stupidity and arrogance.
    Perhaps SAGE can dig up a quote from the Bible to support that;
    Just in case, I can dig up a number of references from Grimm’s Fairy tales and Greek Mythology to support my arguement
    And to prove “our God is bigger than Their God”.

     
    • Sheik Allah and Muhammad are donkey rapist and pedophiles, So YHWH is allot bigger, YHWH did make Allah a space rock didn’t he, yes! And we have more oil here within the US than all the Moo-Slum countries combined, why, because the Moos-Slums are wasting it on their Don-Keys as Loo-Bree-Cant! And it was Frank’s, Waters and Dodds mismanagement and trimming funds off the top for their personal wealth that the housing bubble was created, which in turn created the mess we are in now and made worse by Obammy!. You haven’t a clue what your talking about…

       
  6. Excuse me, but our LTG and sage_brush both have done very good research and writing here, so I find the remarks made by ‘jericho 777’ [does that mean you’re one up on ‘666’?] and the eponymously named Sheik Yerbutie to be not only facile and irrelevant, but disrespectful of these good women’s labour. I hope that Eowyn soon finds you out and banishes you both from this blog….

     
    • JosephBC69
      Get over yourself! More accusatory rhetoric about Bush and not the over all picture, and the explanation into the why’s of the war leave you rather ignorant and uninformed. I applaud their work here and respect them, but I also want to see the whole picture of truth in reporting, so that it does not mislead others who are to lazy to check the facts for them selves. And no, 777 doesn’t keep me up by 1, but by 111, does it not, stick to the facts? What I wrote I stand by, it’s the facts and it’s my opinion. To throw such an irrelevant girlie fit without substance because someone differs from you, tends to make me believe your more Liberal at heart than my Conservative leanings, as they are always trying to shut down dissension against them. Show me where good fellow, that I stated wrongly of the reason we went into Iraq, I dare you too! And to wish I be removed because I differed from your childishness is laughably insane, and proves your progressiveness. Grow up Trixie, there are other opinions than your own, and rightly so, and to shut them down shows your total lack for debating on substance! Bush made many mistakes granted, but his actions for war was in total agreement with over half the establishment including your Liberal friends!

       
    • For the record, Eowyn has no problem with either jericho777 or Sheik Yerbutie (clever pun). Neither commenter is being abusive. Neither is in violation of FOTM’s language policy.
      ~Eowyn
      Owner & Administrator
      FOTM

       
      • Dr. Eowyn
        I have a great deal of respect for this site and those here on it, especially the author/authors who post here, I wouldn’t be here otherwise, and in general, I believed and agree, that President Bush really misused and betrayed our trust to some degree, some of it knowingly, some, out of naivety in his trusting of those who he relied upon, no less, he’s guilty, and, of are those who in turn, betrayed his trust to be given the truth, in all matters at hand that effect our lives, both here and abroad. Regardless, I do agree that horrible mistakes and wrongs were committed by the Bush administration. I also agree that greed is as much the cause for suffering and wars, than for any other one reason, and those who are found out, should be charged with every death, it directly or indirectly causes, and every single one of those companies mentioned here, are indeed guilty as written…
        I’m bull headed, as most Southerners are, about such things being reported, that when touching down on the root causes of anything that affects innocent lives, we must always, remain as neutral, as we can allow ourselves to be, so that our abjection’s aren’t hampering all the truth. I feel we must be discerning of all the root causes, right and wrong, and not just those aimed at one person unfairly as the core cause, when there are clearly others who were involved in the decision making, leading up to the war in Iraq, or the side of a story that goes to much greater depths, so that we are made to understand why actions or inaction’s were committed too, that were made prior to the war in Iraq. There were decisions made, based on bad decisions, made on assumptions and wrongful intelligence reports, that clearly caused, so much needless suffering in Iraq, but, it was by Saddam’s own actions that led us there to begin with, and the greed followed as it does with every war, and it needs to be dealt with immediately. We know what it was that decisively led up to those decisions, that created in turn, so much chaos, and hopefully, just hopefully, it’s not repeated, and unfortunately Doc, I’m afraid, it will be. Obama was elected and stands to be reelected because he is not being questioned on the most utter contempt, that he holds towards the truth…He was elected because we didn’t demand truthfulness, and in that, I mean all the truths, in all things that affects our lives in this greatly exceptional Nation of ours, anything else trivializes honesty and purpose, and we can’t let down our guard ever, to half truths, or we too, are no better than Obama and the corruption that led up to his election and to these wars. I desperately try to be as fair and honest as I can, and simply won’t comment on any issue that I cannot be unbiased to. I’m a Southerner, and from that, I have fought daily the half baked truths and the soiled lies told about my South and my Southern brethren, suffering our traditions, and the heritage that has blessed all of our lives as Americans, that were passed down from one great generation to the other, and most importantly, the history that has enriched our lives from the many who sacrificed so much to pass them down, and believe me, we have taken an unfair amount of beatings due to rewritten historical fiction. But I also know the horrors committed in my South, by those very same stories that for so long buried the truth…We can’t have that, and I’ll question those that come my way, and YHWH forbid Doc, that I have hurt anyone getting to my point here, it is not, nor was not, my intentions, to anger anyone, and I did just that, regardless of the reason. As I said, I like the authors here, and their devotion to the truth, it is read by me here every time I visit. I just felt the story lacking in fairness towards Bush.
        Thank You Doc, this is a great forum to visit, and I appreciate your hard work in keeping it so. And I apologize for any misgivings that I may have caused here, I can be rather course at times I know, and meant no disrespect…<3
        P.S. JosephBC69, I also respect your opinion as well, and commend your defense of those here, and I apologize if you have felt slighted or angered by my remarks, I am normally straight to the point, it's who I am, and rarely do I apologize for it, I wanted to insure that I cleared the contempt here. But my bark does bite when slapped, especially if I feel censored, and, I can be unforgivably rash at times when I am. We can't afford to shut each other down either, especially when we have mutual enemies, and one of the greatest pieces of advise ever gifted to us, was in a parable; And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
        By Christ, Yeshua of Nazareth 🙂 Mark 3:25 I do pray we can stand together!

         
        • jericho,
          I did not think you were being disrespectful in your original comment. And you’ve confirmed my assessment with your classy latest comment. I’m sure Joseph, who has a big kind heart, will agree.
          P.S. Love the <3 – I'm stealing it! 😀

           
          • JosephBC69
            Well, had I thought before I began to bloviate, I would have noticed that a man who stands in defense of his friends, is as Louis Lamour would factually pen, a man to sit around the fire with? And they inturn, have spoken highly of you. So! From now on, I’ll pocket my Little Johnny Reb! 🙂 My fires hot, and the coffees burning, your welcomed any time? Thank You Doc, Joseph, and a great verse to live for, and to die with Joseph…

             
        • Thank you, this is a very finely written and gracious explanation, which I most warmly accept, and in the same Spirit as you wrote: By Christ, Yeshua of Nazareth 🙂 Mark 3:25 I do pray we can stand together!
          As I wrote Eo, I rise perhaps too quickly sometimes to defend my friends and family, and I’d do the same for you, believe me.
          All best, and again, my deepest appreciation for your writing. It means a great deal.

           
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