December 29, 2007 2 Comments
Do you believe that Vice-President Dick Cheney is not profiting from the hiring of Halliburton as a “no-bid-no oversight” contractor for support services in the Iraqi war?
Having worked in the oil business in West Texas, I know how that ‘Good old boy’ network works. You can bet your bottom dollar that there was a lot of fishy, underhanded signing of illegal contracts going on at the beginning, and probably going on now…that Blackwater deal comes immediately to mind.
The following links will give you an idea of how many dollars were/are changing hands:
More recently we have learned that Cheney along with Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, buddies since the 1970’s Ford administration (Ford’s Secretary of Defense (Donald Rumsfeld) and Chief of Staff (Dick Cheney), misrepresented intelligence in 2002 to send us into Iraq which greatly increased the wealth of cronies in the Military/Industrial complex, and added the burden of over 3,000 dead American servicemen and women, as many as one hundred thousand wounded, and probably well over a hundred thousand dead Iraqis, also added was a level of worldwide instability not seen since the run-up to World War Two.
Another interesting thing I came across is a former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s ties to the Tamiflu fiasco of the last few years. Immediately before hiring on with George Bush he was Chairman of the Board of Gilead Sciences (1-97 to 1-01). Now Gilead is the developer of Tamiflu, a drug that George W. Bush urged Congress to pass $7.1 Billion in emergency funding to purchase, to prepare for a possible Bird Flu pandemic. This was in 2005 and Donald was still employed by ol’ G.W.
Federal disclosure forms indicate that Rumsfeld owned over $5 million dollars worth of Gilead Sciences stock at that time. The resultant rise in stock prices alone was thought to have added over $2.5 million bucks to his net worth.
The Donald at a press Conference at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, June 6, 2002
“Now what is the message there? The message is that there are known “knowns.” There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know. So when we do the best we can and we pull all this information together, and we then say well that’s basically what we see as the situation, that is really only the known knowns and the known unknowns. And each year, we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns.”
Boy, that’s real leadership, a clear-eyed vision of reality, by one of the Bush family’s favorite buddies and trusted leader of our countries military, in the most important endeavor of the new century.
Boy is our country suffering. We really need a change of leadership, an end to corrupt politicians, and wide-ranging investigation into what is going on in the internal workings of our federal government.
And, just maybe…indictments.
Write your elected officials.