Monday, August 27, 2007

The Great Iraq and Roll Swindle


Once again, Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi puts together a fantastic political article.
This time, it's about something that a lot of us have been screaming about for quite a while; the money laundering scheme that is the Iraq war.
Anyone with working brain cells knows that it's all about the oil.
But it's also all about transferring money from your tax bill, to the treasury and then to scumbags like KBR.
Just so they can bilk the government for doing nothing in Iraq.
Even though if they actually had something called, oh I don't know, pride or patriotism, they would do the things that need to be done. And properly.
Little things like building infrastructure, providing timely and good service to the men and women in uniform.
Lord, why go through all that when you can just take your filthy lucre and call it a day?

Please head on over to the Rolling Stone web site and have a look at Matt's article.
Thankfully he has a great sense of humor, otherwise you'd only feel anger..
Make sure you watch Matt's slide show, complete with commentary.

Here's a great quote:

"And just maybe, reviewing this appalling history of invoicing orgies and million-dollar boondoggles, it's not so far-fetched to think that this is the way someone up there would like things run all over -- not just in Iraq but in Iowa, too, with the state police working for Corrections Corporation of America, and DHL with the contract to deliver every Christmas card. And why not? What the Bush administration has created in Iraq is a sort of paradise of perverted capitalism, where revenues are forcibly extracted from the customer by the state, and obscene profits are handed out not by the market but by an unaccountable government bureauc­racy.
This is the triumphant culmination of two centuries of flawed white-people thinking, a preposterous mix of authoritarian socialism and laissez-faire profit­eering, with all the worst aspects of both ideologies rolled up into one pointless, supremely idiotic military adventure -- American men and women dying by the thousands, so that Karl Marx and Adam Smith can blow each other in a Middle Eastern glory hole."

Karl Marx and Adam Smith blowing each other.
Man, if that doesn't sum up the Bush administration, I'm not sure what does.

What makes it even worse is the fact that they are stealing AND not even doing what it was they were being paid to do.
I can understand that it costs a hell of a lot more money to build a school or a hospital or a police station in the middle of a fucking war zone.
But for crissakes, BUILD the fucking thing.
Lord, if they were only taking the stacks of greenbacks like pez candy but at least getting something done, it wouldn't be so fucking bad..

3 comments:

blog Portland said...

Shouldn't I at least get some property shares in Dubai for all the money I've lost?

Mike V. said...

Yea, you can do that whole skiing in the desert thing they have there.

Tom Harper said...

I'll have to check out that article. Taibbi's articles are the best part of Rolling Stone.

Who Hijacked Our Country