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  •  I agree with you 100%. The GOPs only hope (6+ / 0-)

    of doing anything in 2006 and 2008 is to start another war.  I am terrified that they are going to try to use "too dangerous to change horses in the middle of a stream of wars" to get votes.

    •  War is lucrative. The GOP might care about (6+ / 0-)
      voters, but the neo-cons could give a shit.

      For the Destructionists, America/ns exist solely to bankroll war-profiteering.  Double agents mean more destabilization, more money.  Hell, Bush is starting to look more and more like a half-incarcerated puppet boy played by the double agents in our gov. (he's even drugged up, nonetheless....).

      "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

      by Unduna on Sun May 21, 2006 at 12:35:37 PM PDT

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      •  war is expensive to the population (4+ / 0-)

        and lucrative only to the few

        LEAD. Stop enabling the conservative Republican LOST CAUSE.

        by skywriter on Sun May 21, 2006 at 01:27:06 PM PDT

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      •  War profiteerring (10+ / 0-)

        War Profiteers

        The Center for Corporate Policy's Ten Worst War Profiteers of 2004

        Companies are listed alphabetically...

        [I apologize for the very long comment, but I think this is important information/links for the type of thing you're talking about here. If you disagree, tell me, and I won't make this kind of long comment again.]

        1) AEGIS

        In June, the Pentagon's Program Management Office in Iraq awarded a $293 million contract to coordinate security operations among thousands of private contractors to Aegis, a UK firm whose founder was once investigated for illegal arms smuggling.

        The Aegis contract has stirred up considerable controversy, even in the shadowy world of private military contractors [PMCs]....

        U.S. and international law have failed to address the role of PMCs in Iraq, resulting in a near-total lack of accountability that epitomizes what's wrong with the corporate takeover of Iraq....

        2) BearingPoint

        ....BearingPoint spent five months helping USAID write the job specifications and even sent some employees to Iraq to begin work before the contract was awarded, while its competitors had only a week to read the specifications and submit their own bids after final revisions were made....

        ...the company's ties to the Bush administration (according to the Center for Responsive Politics, BearingPoint employees gave $117,000 to the 2000 and 2004 Bush election campaigns, more than any other Iraq contractor) is an example of "crony contracting" that undermines the legitimacy of those who might claim to be working to establish competitive markets in the "newly liberated" country.

        3) Bechtel

        ....

        4) BKSH & Associates

        Chairman Charlie Black is an old Bush family friend and prominent Republican lobbyist whose firm is affiliated with Burson Marsteller, the global public relations giant. Black was a key player in the Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign and together with his wife raised $100,000 for this year's reelection campaign.

        BKSH clients with contracts in Iraq include Fluor International (whose ex-chair Phillip Carroll was tapped to head Iraq's oil ministry after the war, and whose board includes the wife of James Woolsey, the ex-CIA chief who was sent by Paul Wolfowitz before the war to convince European leaders of Saddam Hussein's ties to al Qaeda). Fluor has won joint contracts worth up to $1.6 billion.

        .... Most prominent among BKSH's clients, however, is the Iraqi National Congress, whose leader Ahmed Chalabi was called the "George Washington of Iraq" by certain Pentagon neoconservatives before his fall from grace.

        5) CACI and Titan

        Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba reported in an internal Army report that two CACI employees "were either directly or indirectly responsible" for abuses at the prison, including the use of dogs to threaten detainees and forced sexual abuse and other threats of violence [at Abu Ghraib]....

        .... according to Joseph A. Neurauter, a GSA suspension and debarment official, CACI's role in designing its own Abu Ghraib contract "continues to be an open issue and a potential conflict of interest."

        .... in August the Army gave CACI another $15 million no-bid contract to continue providing interrogation services for intelligence gathering in Iraq....

        The companies' apparent success in waging an aggressive damage-control campaign has been aided by heavy-hitting lobbyists. For CACI: former representatives Vin Weber (R-MN) and Vic Fazio (C-CA), as well as Edward Kutler, an aide to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In addition, CACI has retained a firm managed by former House Speaker Bob Livingston (R-LA), among others....

        6) Custer Battles

        At the end of September, the Defense Department suspended Custer Battles (the name comes from the company's two principle founders - Michael Battles and Scott Custer) and 13 associated individuals and affiliated corporations from all federal contracts for fraudulent billing practices involving the use of sham corporations set up in Lebanon and the Cayman Islands.

        ....The suspension was the first for any company in association with its work in Iraq. The FBI and the Pentagon inspector general's Defense Criminal Investigative Services are both conducting ongoing investigations.

        7) Halliburton

        In December Congressman Waxman (D-CA), announced that "a growing list of concern's about Halliburton's performance" on contracts that total $10.8 billion have led to multiple criminal investigations into overcharging and kickbacks....

        8) Lockheed Martin

        Lockheed Martin remains the king among war profiteers, raking in $21.9 billion in Pentagon contracts in 2003 alone.... The company's stock has tripled since 2000 to just over $60.

        ....When it comes to defense policy, Lockheed's network of influence is virtually unmatched....
        Former Lockheed lobbyists and employees include the current secretary of the Navy, Gordon England, secretary of transportation Norm Mineta (a former Lockheed vice president) and Stephen J. Hadley....

        ...Lockheed VP Bruce Jackson (who helped draft the Republican foreign policy platform in 2000) is a key player at the neo-conservative planning bastion known as the Project for a New American Century.

        9) Loral Satellite

        ...Loral Space & Communications Chairman Bernard L. Schwartz is very tight with the neoconservative hawks in the Bush administration's foreign policy ranks, and is the principal funder of Blueprint, the newsletter of the Democratic Leadership Council.

        10) Qualcomm

        Two CPA officials resigned this year after claiming they were pressured by John Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for technology security to change an Iraqi police radio contract to favor Qualcomm's patented cellular technology, a move that critics say was intended to lock the technology in as the standard for the entire country.

        Iraq's cellular market is potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues for the company, and potentially much more....

        Shaw says he was urged to push Qualcomm's technology by Rep. Darrell E. Issa, a Republican whose San Diego County constituency includes numerous Qualcomm employees....

        "There is a war between the ones who say there is a war and the ones who say there isn't." -- L. Cohen

        by Valtin on Sun May 21, 2006 at 03:42:17 PM PDT

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    •  They've already started it (11+ / 0-)

      and are perhaps a year or two into it.

      Psyops precede the war and lay the emotional groundwork. That's why the misinterpreation/mistranslation of the Iranian leader's (sic) speech (see Juan Cole/Informed Comment) and the National Post story now smoked out are just part and parcel of an overall, concerted campaign.

      Walking back the Cat is an excellent idea and there's probably a vast trove of stories to lay the ground work as well as influence US public opinion already injected into the media system. Every presumption about Iraq has been seeded. Even the IAEC inspection to the UN was doubted and twisted by the propagandist and now supplemented by another story with 'traces of uranium too refined for Iranian processes' to support the propagandic view (my paraphrasing of statement in quotes).

      Obviously, they want one of these stories to hang around so that the talking heads and WH shills can refer to it as 'fact.'  Right now, they can say generally that Iran is agitating and being aggressive and such stories seem to support that conclusion. Feed the story a little at a time is how this works.

      Demythilizing and exposing the sources will kill the propaganda if - big if - the public statements, old and new, are immediately countered. This is where walking back the cat could really help as a ready reference for those who must confront the lies.

    •  wrong. the population is tired of war n/t (0+ / 0-)

      LEAD. Stop enabling the conservative Republican LOST CAUSE.

      by skywriter on Sun May 21, 2006 at 01:26:21 PM PDT

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      •  Is it? I hope so. (0+ / 0-)
        But there's "tired of war" as in, hey, bummer, this videogame is boring, let's change the channel.

        And then there's "tired" as in too fucking exhausted to fight any more.

        I don't think the American public has reached the second kind of tired yet.

        Folly is fractal: the closer you look at it, the more of it there is. - TNH

        by Canadian Reader on Sun May 21, 2006 at 02:58:20 PM PDT

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        •  Wrong. Tipping point is reached (0+ / 0-)

          Very few support the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Only those making a buck on it or who still want Iraq's oil support it.

          LEAD. Stop enabling the conservative Republican LOST CAUSE.

          by skywriter on Sun May 21, 2006 at 03:09:36 PM PDT

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          •  It's a question of how deep (3+ / 0-)
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            that opposition runs.

            History shows that a nation that only thinks, "Hmm, well... so maybe this particular war wasn't such a great idea after all..." can still be flogged into further war by judicious pushing of national hot-buttons.

            If you really want warmongering not to work, you need a nation in the mood for stringing selected leaders up on lampposts if they even look like trying it. Some Americans have gotten there, sure, but I don't get the feeling that enough of them have.

            We'll see, though. I really hope you're right.

            Folly is fractal: the closer you look at it, the more of it there is. - TNH

            by Canadian Reader on Sun May 21, 2006 at 03:50:33 PM PDT

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            •  Which lamp post? We're ready (0+ / 0-)

              The havoc the crime family in power in Washington is wreaking on the world and its own people will haunt us all for ages.
              We know it. They know it. They have no defenders. The central focus among Repukes is that Bush and his crime family don't represent conservative values. We're at the point where we are spreading the word This is the screwing you get when you vote for Republican conservative bastards

              LEAD. Stop enabling the conservative Republican LOST CAUSE.

              by skywriter on Sun May 21, 2006 at 04:11:08 PM PDT

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