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How Big Business raids the third world thru the World Bank

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The Secret History of the American EmpireRemember Halliburton, and the suspicion that Mr. Cheney had directed vast Iraq contracts to it? The suspicions arose for a reason: apparently, it’s been SOP for government and multinational corporations since WWII.

I’m reading John Perkins’ phenomenal The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth About Global Corruption. Turns out, the World Bank and IMF are tools by which multinational corporations use government to re-direct billions into their own coffers. Here’s the tip of the iceberg:

Created at Bretton Woods in my home state of New Hampshire in 1944, the Bank was charged with reconstructing countries devastated by the war. Its mission soon became synonymous with proving that the capitalist system was superior to that of the Soviet Union. To further this role, Read the rest of this entry »

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January 6, 2008 at 9:48 pm

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McCain: 100 years in Iraq “fine with me”

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Here’s what’s wrong with “experienced” candidates on national security:

photo credit samueljscott.files.wordpress.comTruthdig: When asked in a New Hampshire town hall meeting about the possibility of being in Iraq for 50 more years, John McCain says it could be 100 years and that would be “fine with me” so long as American troops aren’t getting killed. Comparing Iraq to South Korea and Japan, McCain suggests it would behoove America to maintain a long-term military presence there.

McCain, Romney, Giulani—maybe even Clinton— just don’t get it that Al Qaeda and its ilk attack Americans because American strike-forces are positioned on Arab lands. Arabs and Iranians and American scholars have labored to make this plain. But the President has put his fingers in his ears and cried “They hate us for our freedom.” That’s what experience gets you.

Americans will not be secure until US presidents stop threatening Arab and Iranian homelands. Americans themselves have moved beyond this cold-war view; American government lags behind.

It isn’t right to force ourselves on other nations, and we are less secure when we do. Let’s elect a president who knows it.

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January 5, 2008 at 2:24 pm