WITH JORDANNA THIGPEN
Perpetual war for perpetual profit
By Jordanna Thigpen
September 24, 2006
There are plaintive and increasingly desolate cries coming from
all corners, all faiths, all disciplines, for an end to the war
in Iraq. It is time for the public resources that are being misspent
in the private sector to be returned to the American people -
but we must have an active plan for domestic improvement, if we
are to avoid economic disaster.
The modern United States was built because of war. World War
II caused housing and infrastructure to be built. It created the
military-industrial complex, an unholy alliance which is now transforming
our country into a nation dependent on perpetual war for its survival.
Yet, where would our country be, if not for World War II? And
where would it be, if not for the war in Iraq?
Everyone sells something to somebody. This country is now selling
What industry is left? Garish and fickle tourism, subject to
the whims of international polity and fluctuations in major currencies?
High technology, established now and soon in "developing"
nations? Chemical and plastics production, shifting even from
There is nothing left. The high cost of health care, of living
wages, of our very American existence, has forced every viable
industry to make the mundane choice of profits over people. And
it will continue to happen, until we agree to look at the reasons
By September 30, 2006, the war in Iraq is scheduled to cost this
country $318.5 billion. Contractors of all stripes are raking
in money - from 2002 to 2004, Kellogg, Brown, & Root (a subsidiary
of Halliburton) pulled in $11.4 billion, although it has been
under investigation by the General Accounting Office for non-performance
of work and severe accounting problems.
Calling KBR's actions in Iraq incompetent is simply too kind.
There are many egregious issues with the Iraq contract system,
too numerous to mention here - but you see for yourself at the
for Public Integrity.
The war in Iraq is the most perfect and exquisite example of
war profiteering that has ever occurred. Perhaps I am spending
my precious youth as a cynic, but the handwriting's been on the
wall so long it's faded.
The war in Iraq is truly, madly, just for money.
What is of grave concern - what should give everyone pause -
is that a sequel to the war in Iraq is being pitched up in some
corners: a nuclear weapon may be unleashed on Iran. The fact that
there are even whispers of such an act is evidence that this administration
is entirely and completely out of control.
In the chronicles of human existence, there is no excuse for
the nuclear option.
The only responsible thing to do at this point is for our country
to take the billions it is spending on this desperate fiasco and
re-direct the spending to domestic programs. Re-build our own
cities and towns, starting with New Orleans.
Re-build our fine schools, from K to beyond. Prioritize grants
in everything from the arts to physics, so that the young can
develop ideas to sustain this country and help us evolve past
Our entire world economy depends on a robust United States. But
it does not have to be a United States that is engaged in a fifteen-year
Crusades - Part 2000.
District 6 resident Jordanna Thigpen is an attorney, small
business owner and President of the San Francisco Small Business
Commission. You can usually find her at work and she doesn't get
to Ocean Beach often enough. Email Jordanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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