The War on Terror and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan business which reaps
enormous profits for the profiteers who control and manipulate our government.
Iraq is central to the military domination of the Middle East objective and must be conquered and militarily occupied, since it is strategically located.
An American military presence there exerts hegemony on Iraq's oil producing neighbors. The objective is to militarily dominate and control the region. Also Iraq is the uncontested world's second largest oil resource, having estimated untapped reserves exceeding 200 billion barrels.
One report places Iraq's oil reserves at 330 billion barrels. Iraq's large oil reserves made Vice President Dick Cheney sit up and take notice when he was Halliburton C.E.O. Since much of Iraq is still unexplored, many experts believe it may possess the world's largest reservoir of crude oil.
President Bush, Vice President Cheney and the insiders within the administration see themselves as businessmen and executives of the world's largest corporation. Motivation for war in Iraq is the exploitation of that country's vast oil riches. It is all business. When attacking Iraq the U.S. military used 5,000 pound bombs, many of them dropped on the city of Baghdad. Eighteen thousand of them were dropped. Never before were bombs this large deployed. Also 9,000 fragmentation bombs were dropped. The result is a devastated Iraq that will cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars to rebuild.
Many of these contracts were awarded without competitive bid. The insiders and profiteers include armament manufactures who pocketed $40 billion supplying the military ordinance used to crush Iraq. Insider profiteers will become the beneficiaries of Iraq's crude oil production.
The Iraqi adventure is now costing the U.S. taxpayer $5 billion a week, and according to Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz the occupation of Iraq will last 10 years. Profiteers and insiders lined their pockets with billions of dollars of war profits paid by U.S. taxpayers fighting a war that was totally unnecessary and now a costly, bloody occupation.
The military adventure into Afghanistan is also heavily motivated by petro profits. Big oil interests for years have salivated over the proposed project of constructing a petroleum pipeline from the petro rich Caspian Sea Basin through Afghanistan, Pakistan and onto the Gulf of India.
This would unlock the vast crude oil and natural gas treasures of the Caspian Basin and deliver them to lucrative markets in the East. However, after many fruitless negotiations by big oil interests, the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan rejected the petroleum pipeline.
Thereafter the September 11 terrorist attacks on America presented the needed opportunity for regime change in Afghanistan. The U.S. military ousted the Taliban rulers from power and replaced the regime with President Hamid Karzai, a puppet of big oil interests and the United States and a former American oil giant Unocal executive who supports construction of the Afghan pipeline.
Coincidentally Unocal was the oil company which had unsuccessfully negotiated the Afghan petroleum pipeline project with the Taliban.
Unocal also had invited Taliban rulers to Houston, Texas and wined and dined them in an attempt to get their approval for the much coveted pipeline.
The global economy and free trade ravaged and destroyed our domestic economy, which will now be replaced by a warfare economy.
The war in Afghanistan is not going well for America. President Hamid Karzai, who was made ruler of Afghanistan by the American led coalition forces, has been reduced to mayor of the capital city of Kabul. The former Taliban rulers have mounted guerrilla offensives which are recapturing much of Afghanistan. In Iraq too guerrilla offensives against American led coalition forces are escalating. The resistance there has grown so intense that Iraq is no longer the easy rollover conquest that the war hawks had imagined.
Iraq is fighting back with a well organized and orchestrated guerrilla campaign. Key war hawks including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are having second thoughts and favor a cessation of the United States' unilateral military occupation. However, the Bush Administration remains committed to the American military occupation.
President Bush recently went before Congress and asked for an additional sum of $87 billion to rebuild Iraq at a time when 46 states are facing severe budgetary crises, millions of Americans have lost their livelihoods and have become impoverished by free trade and the global economy, extended unemployment benefits have been trashed, veteran's hospitals are reducing services, combat pay to our fighting servicemen has been slashed, funding for education and health care has been reduced, and funding for social programs in general has been cut by the Bush White House.
This reduction in spending for social programs is in keeping with the agenda which advocates that federal spending line the pockets and bank accounts of favored defense contractors and that federal spending be used to increase the size of the military. The $87 billion request to rebuild Iraq may prove the turning point of the Bush Administration. Hardline Republicans are now seeing President Bush as a party liability.
The Bush Administration had declared before the invasion that Iraq's oil production would finance the incidental costs of the war and occupation. Exactly who now owns Iraq's oil production?
*Washington High Military Spending
*Courtesy of: A Liberal Marines Progressive Perspective
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