Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Raking it in from the War on Terror!

by anthony @ 18:36 BST

Congress Must Cut Off Bush Family War Profits

Evelyn Pringle
OpEdNews
April 10, 2007 at 05:28:41



On Monday, April 9, 2007, the Boston Herald reported that the US military had announced the Easter weekend deaths of 10 more American soldiers, including six killed on Sunday. The Associated Press reports that, since the war began in March 2003, over 3,000 members of the US military have been killed in Iraq, as of April 8, 2007.

The military reported the deaths of four more US soldiers on Tuesday.

Its nearly impossible to estimate the number of deaths of civilians in Iraq, but the Herald reports that at least 47 people were killed or found dead in violence on Easter Sunday, including 17 execution victims dumped in the capital.

News releases out of Iraq also report that a woman wearing a black veil and strapped with explosives blew herself up outside a police station in Iraq on Tuesday, killing 16 people.

According to the January 14, 2007 LA Times, Steven Kosiak, director of budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, says that, starting with the anti-terrorism appropriation a week after the 9/11 attacks, he estimates the US has spent $400 billion fighting terrorism through fiscal 2006, which ended on September 30, 2006.

In January 2007, Marine Corps spokeswoman, Lt Col Roseann Lynch, told Reuters that the war in Iraq is costing about $4.5 billion a month for military "operating costs," which did not include new weapons or equipment.

Since this war on terror was declared following 9/11, the pay levels for the CEOs of the top 34 defense contractors have doubled. The average compensation rose from $3.6 million during the period of 1998-2001, to $7.2 million during the period of 2002-2005, according to an August 2006, report entitled, "Executive Excess 2006," by the Washington-based, Institute for Policy Studies, and the Boston-based, United for a Fair Economy.

This study found that since 9/11, the 34 defense CEOs have pocketed a combined total of $984 million, or enough, the report says, to cover the wages for more than a million Iraqis for a year. In 2005, the average total compensation for the CEOs of large US corporations was only 6% above 2001 figures, while defense CEOs pay was 108% higher.

But the last name of one family, which is literally amassing a fortune over the backs of our dead heroes, matches that of the man holding the purse strings in the White House... .

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7 comments:

anthony said...

I thought I'd doen enough posting today, but OpEdNews latest articles arrived in my e-mail box and when I saw this article I just knew I had to post it. It's long, but it's well worth reading. It shows how one particular family whose name I cannot bring myself to write at this point has particularly profitted from the so-called war on terror.

Putting a war profiteer in the WH wasn't such a smart move.

Actually, I retract that last statement. Both presidential elections, I believe, were stolen, so we cannot blame the american electorate as a whole for bush's illegal occupancy of the WH.

It's sad that so many young American men and women have had to die, not to speak of the many more iraqis, so that these people can control the world's second largest oil field and make a few bucks at the same time.

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S-Q said...

so that these people can control the world's second largest oil field and make a few bucks at the same time.
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Hi Anthony!

A few extra bucks? You're being sarcastic, I know! LOL

The big oil companies have made RECORD PROFITS! They should be ashamed... but they aren't because they're evildoers!

S-Q said...

P.S.

Great post Anthony! ;)

GEEZERPOWER said...

Thanks for the informative article. A good review on the crimes of corporate government and the the Bush crime family.

If only the information shown here could be shown by the main stream media. To suppress this information is allmost as bad as crimes themselves.

S-Q said...

To suppress this information is allmost as bad as crimes themselves.
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Geezer:

Isn't that the truth? The MSM should be ashamed but they're being controlled by the Neocons...

Clif said...

Since the chicken hawks could not serve their country, this was the least they could do for the war effort..... and shows they really support the troops, (well at least the fact the troops fighting and dying in this illegal war) is good for their bottom line.

What did you expect them to do?

Actually sign up and stand a post next to a soldier or marine?

Make sacrifices for the troops and this country?

Offer their lives and livelihoods for service to this nation like members of the reserves and National Guard keep being forced to do?

Get real, these are the PNAC neo-cons and their corporate masters, not the sheeple they fleece....

They have to keep to their agenda, even if they get rich, .... oh right that was the plan after all wasn't it?