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November 25, 2013

Neocons try to obstruct, urging war

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Of course, this would be disastrous for the U.S. economy — but not for arms industry and defense contractors Raytheon, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrope Grumman, etc. They will make out like bandits.

Have we learned nothing from this so-called War on Terror, which actually turns out to be a war on U.S. troops and the U.S. economy?

During the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, other private corporations such as Halliburton, Blackwater, Titan, KBR (Kellogg, Brown & Root) also made, as they say in the vernacular, “a killing.” The war on terror has become the largest war-profiteering racket in history. 

However, “big oil” corporations aren’t the only ones who benefited from the misery of the Iraq and Afghan wars. China, who gets almost half of its oil from the Middle East, has acquired five lucrative Iraqi oil deals and several long-term mining contracts with mineral-rich Afghanistan. Meanwhile, our troops get to provide security and blood. 

The Department of Justice investigated more than 900 cases of alleged fraud by contractors, while our Defense Contract Audit Agency is withholding $289 million billed by KBR and is asking for the return of $121 million already paid. This is barely the tip of the iceberg. In 2010, the Department of Justice filed a civil fraud case against KBR for unauthorized billing, estimated at $100 million. In spite of the fact that KBR gave troops highly contaminated water (twice as nasty as raw water from the Euphrates River), KBR is still receiving military contracts. 

Tell Congressmembers Inhofe, Coburn and Cole that Congress needs to stop being the easily-taken-advantage-of patsies who authorize this.

Mary Francis is a member of the Oklahoma nonprofit Americans Against the Next War.

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