Posts Tagged ‘terror’

War on Terror is Giant Cash Cow for Defense Industry

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Journalist Pepe Escobar put up a scathing opinion piece on Al J that parallels a notion oft parroted here, namely, that the War on Terror exists less to kill bad guys and more to line the pockets of certain higher-ups from the Defense Industry and elsewhere.

First, Escobar looks the the numbers:

A recent, detailed study by the Eisenhower Research Project at Brown University revealed that the war on terror has cost the US economy, so far, from $3.7 trillion (the most conservative estimate) to $4.4 trillion (the moderate estimate). Then there are interest payments on these costs – another $1 trillion.

That makes the total cost of the war on terror to be, at least, a staggering $5.4 trillion. And that does not include, as the report mentions, “additional macroeconomic consequences of war spending”, or a promised (and undelivered) $5.3 billion reconstruction aid for Afghanistan.

Then he asks “Who’s profiting from this bonanza?” and offers the following reply:

That’s easy – US military contractors and a global banking/financial elite. The notion that the US government would spend $10 billion a month just to chase a few “al-Qaeda types” in the Hindu Kush is nonsense.

Finally the author analyzes the end goals for these trillions of dollars: expanding America’s network of military bases and securing the territory for a vast $10 Billion oil pipeline that crosses Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan (TAP). Escobar:

It’s mind-boggling that 10 years and $5.4 trillion dollars later, the situation is exactly the same. Washington still badly wants “its” pipeline – which will in fact be a winning game mostly for commodity traders, global finance majors and Western energy giants.

From the standpoint of these elites, the ideal endgame scenario is global Robocop NATO – helped by hundreds of thousands of mercenaries – “protecting” TAP  while taking a 24/7 peek on what’s going on in neighbours Russia and China.

Excellent message from Mr. Escobar! Now, if only there was a way to shorten it down and get Lady Gaga to sing it.

Exposing Torture to Transparency

Monday, April 25th, 2011

More than 700 leaked secret files on the Guantanamo detainees lay bare the inner workings of America’s controversial prison camp in Cuba. Files obtained by the website Wikileaks have revealed that the US believed many of those held at Gitmo were innocent or only low-level operatives.

The leak depicts a system often focused more on extracting intelligence than on containing dangerous terrorists or enemy fighters. The documents also reveal US authorities relied heavily on information obtained from a small number of detainees under torture.

The Pentagon said the files’ release could damage anti-terrorism efforts, mostly because they expose the hypocrisy and inherent flaws of US foreign policy, where terrorism is used on innocent people in a bid to reduce terrorism.