Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Bush calls Iran leaders "tyrants"

U.S. President George W. Bush has called Iran's leaders "tyrants" as dangerous as Al-Qaeda terrorists and said they must not be allowed to get nuclear weapons -- "the tools of mass murder." AFP

Just what the world needs, more fuel for the Iran fire that is already blazing. What's better than edgy 'world leaders', who have weapons and force at their disposal, playing kindergarten name-calling games? Anything.

Bush is setting the stage and positioning his pawns one statement at a time. Scaring people into believing that their lives are in danger. The Bush administration makes the Iranian leader more powerful. There is no doubt about this because the U.S. has a history of "painting its enemies 10 feet tall and crazy." And there was the case of Saddam Hussein's capabilities. Saddam, we were assured in 2003, had nuclear weapons and because he was a madman, he would use them.

10 More Huge War Profiteers

Halliburton has become synonymous with war profiteering, but there are many other greedy companies. The top three war profiteering companies are: 1.) CACI, 2.) Titan (admitted to funnelling more than $2m into the 2001 re-election campaign of President Mathieu Kerekou in W. Africa) and 3.) Bechtel.

Read about the rest of the top 10 war profiteering companies at AlterNet.

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers is the story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. Director Robert Greenwald (Outfoxed) of Brave New Films, takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq.

Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so. One of the biggest war profiteers is Halliburton. Halliburton, which was formerly run by Vice President Dick Cheney, is a huge presence in Iraq providing construction and petroleum services. Halliburton subsidiary KBR got $12 billion worth of exclusive contracts for work in Iraq. But even more shocking is how KBR spent some of the money. Check out "The Spoils of War" By MICHAEL SHNAYERSON (Vanity Fair).

Watch Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (on DVD Sept. 26) trailer:

Blood Money: Wasted Billions

It was supposed to be quick and easy. The Bush Administration even promised that it wouldn't cost American taxpayers a thing-Iraqi oil revenues would pay for it all. But billions and billions of dollars (over $312 Billion to date), and thousands of lives (2,794), later, the Iraqi reconstruction is an undeniable failure. Iraq pumps out less oil now than it did under Saddam. At best, Iraqis average all of twelve hours a day of electricity. American soldiers lack body armor and adequate protection for their motor vehicles.

As Los Angeles Times journalist T. Christian Miller reveals in his book, Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives, and Corporate Greed in Iraq, the Bush Administration has fatally undermined the war effort and our soldiers by handing out mountains of cash not to the best companies for the reconstruction effort, but to buddies, cronies, relatives and political hacks-some of whom have simply taken the money and run with it.