• US Defense Contractors Win Iraq War

    December 5, 2011 // Comments Off on US Defense Contractors Win Iraq War

    Good news for troubled times– the US is going to drop $6.5 billion keeping the World’s Largest Embassy (c), our palace along the Tigris River in Baghdad, warm and cozy. Plus, we’ll thrown in some refugee support!

    “We are standing up an embassy to carry out a $6.5 billion program, when you throw in the refugee programs as well as the actual State Department budget for 2012, of assistance in support for Iraq on a very broad variety of security and non-security issues,” US Ambassadorial tool James Jeffrey told reporterse.

    “The direct budget, operating and assistance (to Iraq), was $6.2 billion,” Jeffrey said. There is also “a little less than $300 million that goes to refugee and displaced person programmes.”

    “It doesn’t come directly onto the Iraq account… but we get a very significant part of that here, and it’s used by other agencies and activities for example in Jordan and Syria,” home of sizeable Iraqi refugee communities.

    And for those still pondering who won the war in Iraq, it seems we now have a clue: US defense contractors.

    Ambassador Jeffrey said that “We have about $8 billion, give or take some, of active (foreign military sales) cases with Iraq. That’s not counting the new one that just came out for the F-16s. That will send it up by a number of additional billions of dollars. This is one of the biggest programmes in the world.”

    Not related in any way whatsoever, the World Bank had this to say about 2011 Iraq:

    Iraqi living standards have two unusual characteristics. First, they have fallen over the past generation. Second, they feature surprisingly little inequality. These characteristics are both rooted in Iraq’s recent history of authoritarian government, war, military occupation, insurgency, and civil strife leading to infrastructure destruction and population displacement.

    There have been few opportunities for individuals to prosper from professional or entrepreneurial activities. Decades of neglected investment have resulted in deterioration of social services and economic infrastructure. Consequently, individuals have lacked capabilities to prosper and an investment climate conducive to prosperity. School enrollment and life expectancy have declined. Extremely low returns to education reflect the combination of poor educational quality and lack of employment opportunities. In terms of economic infrastructure, access to reliable electricity and water, and even access to paved roads are low, are further reflections of decades of neglect.

    And that my friends is the sound of freedom.



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    Iraq, Now with Three Billion Bucks More Democracy!

    September 27, 2011 // Comments Off on Iraq, Now with Three Billion Bucks More Democracy!

    Now who says the Iraqis have not learned something from us, big daddy America?

    Just like America, Iraq faces a crumbling infrastructure and a corrupt, ineffectual legislative process. The International Crisis Group says (of Iraq) that “public services continue to be plagued by severe deficiencies, notably widespread corruption… Parliament is hopelessly sectarian and the judicial system is highly vulnerable to political pressure…”

    And just like America, instead of facing its problems, Iraq is spending its cash on more weapons. In this instance, some three billion dollars worth of US F-16 fighter jets. Lockheed, who builds the aircraft and who will be on the receiving end of the money rush, said in a statement it was “pleased by the announcement that the governments of Iraq and the United States” have agreed on the sale. The company added it welcomes Iraq “as the 26th nation to operate the F-16.” Along with “Fast and Furious” movies, weapons are one of the US’ last remaining popular exports.

    No money for water, sewers, power, schools, but all the dinero Lockheed can swallow for weapons. America and Iraq, like father, like son.



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    Iraq Looking to Buy F-16s

    July 30, 2011 // Comments Off on Iraq Looking to Buy F-16s

    What a bankrupt nation we have made out of Iraq. No electricity or water, but damn they’re gonna buy millions of dollars worth of fighter jets. No money for the basics, but plenty of cash for war.

    Looks like they learned their lessons well from the US. To wit:

    “Every gun, every bomb we make takes food out of a hungry child’s mouth…” Dwight David Eisenhower.

    Or wit:

    Doctors at a major Boston hospital report they are seeing more hungry and dangerously thin young children in the emergency room than at any time in more than a decade of surveying families.




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