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Thursday, November 17, 2005

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The real story of the insurgency is the fact that Iraqis form the bulk of the resistance, not foreign fighters. This fact is largely obscured by American propaganda for obvious reasons.

The Washington Post reports.

UPDATE: The vast resources of the MSM can sometimes bear fruit. The New York Times explains the vast corruption and nepotism in "liberated" Iraq. The West have imported "disaster capitalism" in all its glory:

"In what is expected to be the first of a series of criminal charges against officials and contractors overseeing the rebuilding of Iraq, an American has been charged with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to American occupation authorities and their spouses to obtain construction contracts, according to a complaint unsealed late yesterday."


Blogger Pete's Blog said...

I'm assuming Halliburton will enjoy Vice-Presidential immunity.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 11:48:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

That the insurgency is mostly comprised of sunni ba'athists who despise the majority shi'ites and are about to pay for their decades of depravity and abuse is the real story.

Friday, November 18, 2005 12:25:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

"disaster capitalism" yes, but they must get the spice flowing again. Bush's base is industrial capital (unlike Clinton's which was financial capital). The flow of spice is vital to Bush's constituency.

Friday, November 18, 2005 12:54:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

The heights of crony capitalism, and conflicts of interest under Bush have rendered the meaning of corruption obsolete.

These guys don't even try to hide it anymore.

Friday, November 18, 2005 2:28:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Yes, we are slowly going down the slope and doing business as they do it in most middle eastern and asian countries. Bribery and outright theft.

Friday, November 18, 2005 7:34:00 am  
Blogger orang said...

This is reminiscent of a Middle East joke which is reworked to suit the occasion - where the Arab politician is showing the Bechtel executive around his country, says "See that bridge? $20Million" (pats his wallet) "Ten Percent".

The Bechtel exec. sometime later reciprocates they go up on a hill and gaze down a valley in Iraq. The Bechtel guy says, "See that Power Plant? $500Million" (pats his wallet) The arab guy says "I don't see any Power Plant."
"100 Percent".

The current Bush gang are bringing corruption to new dizzy heights.

Friday, November 18, 2005 11:18:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Well, if you look at Halliburotn, that alone is totalyl bizzare. The same year the cpmpany was being investigated for overcharging,including not being able to produce receipts for US$1 Billion in expenses, they are givena performance bonus of something like US$70 million.

The again, I guess it's not that weird when you consider that Bush likes to give awards for failure.

Friday, November 18, 2005 12:18:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

I juts read this today. Unbelievable!!

Indicted Felon Charged in Latest US Reconstruction Scandal in Iraq

A new indictment has led to the disclosure the US government hired a convicted felon to oversee over $80 million dollars in reconstruction money in Iraq. Robert Stein was charged this week with accepting kickbacks and bribes while working as a financial officer for the Coalition Provisional Authority. Prosecutors say Stein received at least $200,000 dollars a month for his role in steering reconstruction contracts to American businessman Phillip Bloom. Bloom was charged with several offenses Wednesday. A court filing says Stein used money earmarked for Iraqi library and police facilities to buy cars, property, and jewelry for himself and his wife. According to the New York Times, Stein was hired as a comptroller for the US occupation authority despite having served a prison sentence in the mid-1990s for fraud. A Florida construction company also says it fired Stein in 2002 after it was discovered he had falsified invoices and payroll records.

Saturday, November 19, 2005 4:04:00 am  

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