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Saturday, October 21, 2006

More Randomness

Since I have nothing in particular to go on and on about today, I thought I would post a couple of GREAT links for you to check out.

This one is a trailer from a documentary entitled "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers." The film is a commentary on the private contractors and corporations (like Haliburton KBR and Blackwater) who were hired by the U.S. military to "aid" them in their reconstruction efforts in Iraq. The film, according to its website, "uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so."

This is a topic that needs exploring. While many of us are focused, and rightly so, on ending the occupation in Iraq that has now spurned a civil war and bringing U.S. soldiers back home - this topic demands our attention as well. When the military does come home, when the suicide bombs and roadside attacks have stopped the people of the United States need to start asking questions regarding where their tax money went and why. Haliburton, a company of which V.P. Cheney is a former CEO, has already been under investigation for fraud in the overcharging and double-billing of the U.S. government for its services. And yet, still Haliburton gets the government contracts and still collects checks from our federal government.

Essentially, the U.S. military has "outsourced" much of what it does in times of war, ie assist in the building of roads, reorganizing and providing new routes for electricity and water for the citizens of Iraq, security for convoys moving about the country, so now they are paying a private contractor to do that work and in so doing profit from this war. Not only do I find it repulsive that war is being seen as a moneymaker, but the fact is that many of these private citizens have not been properly trained or given military quality equipment to defend themselves while working on the front lines of this armed conflict is sickening.

Just another example of American politics and government being driven by the almighty dollar instead of the health and welfare of the citizens of this country.
This film isn't backed by any corporate funding or advertising, so the only way people find out about it is through word of mouth. Check out the trailer and let me know what you think:





The other thing I want everyone to check out is over at Wallpaper of My Mind. Misha put together a very comprehensive (and humorous) list of the top 10 reasons why she thinks Bush should be re-elected if he were running again in 2008. Don't be nervous. I have not by any means changed sides - this list speaks volumes for me. It's not to be missed :)

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4 Comments:

At 10/21/2006 11:02:00 PM, Blogger cherylann said...

My cousin actually works for a company that contracts people to set up fun things for the army to do in kuwait while they wait for deployment into Iraq. She makes $150k a year... all in taxpayer money. Nice... they can't order some army person to do that... they have to bring a civilian in to pay her hazard pay??? ridiculous!

 
At 10/22/2006 05:29:00 PM, Anonymous misha said...

;)

 
At 10/24/2006 11:09:00 PM, Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Thanks for posting this. I will add this documentary to my Netflix queue.

I am equally repulsed by the companies that are profiteering on this war and everytime I think about how my tax dollars go to this I am sickened. I am also shocked at the double, triple, quadruple billing that is going on. Apparently, there is an advocate/lawyer persuing lawsuits with some whistleblowers who worked in Iraq for these companies and have come forward about the overbilling, but they haven't been able to persuade the government to bring suit against the companies. What a surprise.

 
At 10/25/2006 06:29:00 AM, Blogger MuseinMeltdown said...

We are in a real quandry in England - no more the great peacekeeping force of the world - just a underfunded playground attempt.... we should have learnt from the Ireland situation.. but didn't.

 

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