Dr. Paul Craig Roberts sent this article around prefaced with the title above yesterday. I didn’t pull it up until today but, coincidentally, a good friend/colleague of mine and I were having a discussion about the various ways in which the neocons and their defense company crony CEOs are using militarism to skim billions in taxpayer money. People don’t connect the fact that the first Gulf War was fought under George H. Bush and the second attempted Gulf War was conducted under George Herbert’s mildly retarded son.
Dick Cheney played a prominent role in both wars. He was George Herbert’s Secretary of Defense during the first military money-skimming excursion was executed and, obviously, the de facto Commander in Chief during the Iraq War. Billions were skimmed off the fat defense contracts handed out to Cheney and his cronies. Does everyone remember Haliburton charging extortionate prices for supplies and fuel to the military? Not only were there no adverse consequences, the contracts to Haliburton continued to flow.
There’s an entire of web of “technology and equipment” supply companies littered around DC’s beltway that are controlled by guys like Cheney and Rumsfeld and their cronies who run the Department of Defense and the big defense contractor companies. Most of them are private, which makes even easier to hide the cash flows.
Dr. Roberts is right, DC is one big criminal enterprise. What’s frightening is that these people will go to any lengths to continue stealing money and amassing power. Currently Russia and China pose a grave threat – not to the citizens of the U.S. but to the hegemonic power enjoyed by U.S. elitists since Bretton Woods.
While the narrative gobbled up in fear by the couch potato arm-chair tank drivers watching Fox News and CNN all day long is that Russia is provoking the U.S., the truth is the exact opposite:
Russia has not seen such a major military buildup close to its borders since 1941 when the Third Reich sent the Wehrmacht to conquer the Soviet Union, Professor Stephen F. Cohen said in his recent interview on The John Batchelor Show, referring to NATO’s increasingly assertive strategy in Eastern Europe and the Baltics.
“We have been watching for nearly a month a steady buildup of American and NATO forces along near Russia’s borders – on land, on sea and in the air,” he said. “There has been nothing like this on Russia’s borders, such an amassing of hostile military force, since the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.”
Here’s the link to the article:
The U.S. NATO Amasses Hostile Military Forces On Russia’s Borders.