$87 Billion Extortion and Theft
by: Jack Dalton
Just a few short months ago we were asked, no, told that we had to turn over $70 billion for the war in Iraq. That money was garnered off the backs of veterans (our budget was drastically reduced in real terms). From schools (all children to be left behind), health care (lie and create a false medical crisis), Social Security (take all the money, buy war toys and give health care to every man, woman, and child in Iraq). Redistribution of wealth further upward through tax cuts (that are for the wrong people and going in the wrong direction). Even active duty military is helping to supply the money by way of decreased yearly pay raise, combat pay cut in half, dependent allotments cut in half, even the death benefit payment was reduced from $12,000 to $6,000 (how's that for supporting the troops?). Soooo... . My question is who is going to get throw out in the cold next if Bush is given his $87 billion?
One of the many things that really anger me about this additional request is the lack of accounting and accountability. For example, out of the approximately $4 billion a month going to Iraq, the DoD and Pentagon cannot account or explain where almost $1.5 billion a month of that money is disappearing to. Now you see it, now you don't. At the same time the contracts for Kellogg, Brown and Root, Bechtel, and Halliburton keep getting larger. But then neither the DoD nor the Pentagon has been able to explain to the GAO (who in tern informs Congress) during an audit last year, what has happened to right at $1.4 trillion over the past 30 years. It has simply vanished and there sure aren't a lot of questions being asked.
But... maybe there is at least a partial answer... maybe. It seems good old Don Rummy-fool has a brand new covert trouble-making group. Are you ready for the "Proactive Preemptive Operations Group?" 100 people with a $100 million a year budget. It just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it? Their job, "... missions designed to "stimulate reactions" among "terrorists" groups, provoking them into committing acts of violence which would then expose them to "counterattack" by U.S. forces." As if we don't have problems enough, these fools want to go out and deliberately incite murder and mayhem!
This sounds too much like "Operation Northwoods" from back in 1963. Back then this countries second favorite enemy was (is) Fidel Castro of Cuba. Our military boys in the Pentagon, along with some other congressional hawks, were chomping at the bit to invade Cuba. Only one problem, an agreement with Russia to never invade Cuba as a condition of their pulling all missiles out of Cuba. Done deal right? Wrong! Operation Northwoods was their plan whereby some of their covert agents would go around in this country and commit acts of terrorism, causing the deaths of American citizens. They then would create false evidence pointing the finger at guess who? You got it, Castro himself... now they can invade Cuba. I have the whole sorry mess on my web site for those that want to read something real scary. Kind of makes you look at 9/11 in a little different context... especially in lieu of the fact the Iraqi Liberation Act was passed in 1997. The people that drew it up and gave it to congress (the Project for a new American Century) were saying back then we needed "... another Pearl Harbor type event to be able to get the American people behind the plan... " The plan being the Iraqi Liberation Act. By the way, it was Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Richard Pearle, and a few of the others around Bush baby that drew up the plan and wanted another "Pearl Harbor." At any rate, back to the $87 billion.
My response to that is simply, HELL NO! Not until some very serious questions are asked and answered. Not until the level of accountability is significantly increased. In real terms. Not the doublespeak this administration has imbued itself with.
I grew up during the McCarthy era of the late 40's and early 50's. I enlisted in the Marine Corps not to long after the end of the Cuban Missile crisis. Nothing I have seen over the years in this country even comes close to what I am witnessing right now today.
We cannot just abandon Iraq. We did that in Vietnam and the response were the killing fields in Cambodia by Pol Pot (another one of our creations) amongst others. Turn the whole mess over to the UN and get the hell out. This country cannot continue to just roll over on it's back everytime Bush & Co. snaps their fingers. So my answer to Bush about his $87 billion request... if you want it, go see all your Corporate buddies who are getting even richer through this war... and leave the rest of us the hell alone.