Monday, July 10, 2006

American War Profiteering, Loss of Soul a Way of Life

A Glimpse Into The Bush Family's War-Profiteering Modus Operandi.

George “Dubya” Bush’s paternal uncle, William H.T. “Bucky” Bush of St. Louis, recently managed to profit from his nephew’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the amount of $450,000.00. How? Through his seat on the board of a St. Louis-based defense contractor, Engineered Support Systems Incorporated (“ESSI”).

“Bucky” Bush was appointed to ESSI’s Board of Directors in 2000, for which ESSI promptly remunerated him with 8,438 stock options.

[3] Over the next five years the price of ESSI’s stock soared 1,000%. Why? Largely because the Bush administration, beginning in 2002, had awarded several hundred million dollars worth of no-bid, sole-source, gold-plated military contracts to ESSI. Hence, Bucky’s stock options were worth nearly a half million dollars when he decided to cash them in on January 18, 2005.

American War-Profiteering 101.

It’s true that ESSI has been blessed by the neoconservatives’ bloodsoaked demi-god, Mars. “Company officials acknowledge that the war [in Iraq] is an economic boon to the firm.”

[4] Indeed, Uncle Bucky’s ESSI has done so well since 2002 that it recently purchased a Virginia-based military contractor, Spacelink International LLP, for $150.5 million. Moreover, ESSI’s projected annual revenue for 2004 is somewhere between $990 million and $1 billion. And ESSI shows further evidence of having been blessed by Mars, the god of war, insofar as it has lucrative military contracts with those shining exemplars of democratic governance, China and Saudi Arabia.

That’s right, folks! ESSI’s patriots are selling state-of-the-art military hardware to both the totalitarian PRC and the authoritarian House of Saud so they can vanquish external opponents and suppress internal usurpers!

[5] These war-profiteers must have been meditating too long on cheap-labor conservatism’s regressive mantras: “Democracy’s just a liberal fraud that shall not reach good old Riyadh; it will never rise again from the square at Tianenmen; free trade requires outsourcing your jobs to China’s slave-labor gulags!”
Take the Iraq War. (PLEASE)

Lieberman continues to unflinchingly support the stay-the-course policy of the Bush administration, to the point where he attacks those who even raise questions about the administration's Iraq policy as "undermin[ing] the president's credibility at our nation's peril." His out-of-the-mainstream position comes at a time when every major national poll shows roughly two thirds of Americans oppose the war and want a change in policy. But it gets worse. Lieberman has long claimed that because of the Iraq War, "the world is safer, America is safer." Again, CNN/USA Today polls asked this very question, and they have consistently shown (here and here) that the majority of Americans believe that the Iraq War has made America less safe. In sum, the cold, hard data shows that despite the rhetoric, Joe Lieberman is on the fringe extreme, while those like Ned Lamont who have criticized his position and who want a change in policy are the real centrists.

For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”
Jesus the Christ, The Bible at Mark 8:36 (NKJV)

Evan Augustine Peterson III, J.D., Executive Director, American Center for International Law writes: How have the upper classes in every ostensibly Christian society managed to sustain the blatantly immoral practice of war-profiteering? In the American context, this question can be reduced to a twenty-first century...
But wait! The Pentagon’s inspector general is currently investigating undisclosed “anomalies” in ESSI contracts from 2002 that are worth $158 million. However, not to worry! We all know it’s inevitable that Uncle Bucky and his corporate cronies will be found innocent of any wrongdoing because “the past is prologue."

American corporations supported Hitler, and now they betray their own country AGAIN. These reptilian brained monsters have no empathy, no statesmanship, no integrity, and pay no taxes.
They are traitors. They have kids from poor families die for their greed and then screw them out of their benefits. They have the same kids use depleted uranium in Iraq, coming home like ticking time bombs, (remember Agent Orange and Viet Nam), while spoiled narcissistic, psychopathic children (congress) in suits stuff their faces at the trough of greed and refuse to enforce the laws of the land (Bush has broken over 750 laws, unhinged, unaccountable, and unchecked).

War for the greed of narcissistic psychopathic males is the American way, no more - no less.

Let's start calling them on it.


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