Friday, August 6, 2010

"Who Lies? Who Dies? Who Pays? Who Profits?"

The great duo emma's revolution gave us the perfect guide for considering the "end" of the occupation of Iraq, which has been "ending" ever since the last decider declared mission accomplished.
From their collection roots, rock, & revolution:
who lies

People in a bind, unemployment line
Promise of relief from the military minds
Bechtel, Halliburton, Carlyle, more
Emptying the shelves of the company store
Who lies? Who dies? Who pays? Who profits?...

©2005 Pat Humphries, Sandy O
Moving Forward Music, BMI

Who lies? Condoleezza Rice lies for $150,000 a speaking engagement, while Karl Rove receives $25,000 to speak lies at University of California campuses. The deliberate hoodwinking of the public by means of false intelligence and media manipulation to start the attack on Iraq goes unpunished to date. So much for the rule of law. Maybe that's why activists turn out for the chance to perform citizen's arrests on Rove and Rumsfeld from coast to coast to coast.

Who dies? A large number of Iraqi moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, cousins, babies and kids died. The number that can be documented is around 100,000 Iraqi civilian deaths by war related violence. Other estimates range upward by as much as a factor of 10, for a total more like one million. Either number represents too much needless suffering to families, and too many enemies created.

Who pays? You and me, sister.

The National Priorities Project tallied the cost of war including the most recent supplemental funding bill. As of the end of September this year, the price tag to U.S. taxpayers is a whopping $749.9 billion for Iraq, $337.8 billion for Afghanistan, for a total of $1.09 TRILLION. How many school closings could have been avoided with a trillion dollar budget?

Who profits? Well, it sure as hell isn't the soldier who staggers home from multiple deployments and stop-loss to try to make ends meet on his or her salary. Top pay for an U.S. Army Corporal is $36,174 a year, while a Sargeant can get up to $47,574 (a minute of our Afghanistan occupation costs more).

"Bechtel, Halliburton, Carlyle, more/Emptying the shelves of the company store." Bring Our War $$ Home!

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