The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Making a buck - or even billions of bucks - on war against Iraq

Mar 17, 2003

The Bush administration has already started awarding lucrative contracts for post-war Iraq. The contracts are for everything from putting out oil well fires and rehabilitating oil field equipment, to rebuilding and administering roads, seaports, airports, water and electrical systems, to trucking in and storing water, food, electrical generators and other supplies. All told, the contracts are supposed to come to at least 20 billion dollars a year for who knows how many years.

The first contract to be awarded was for putting out oil well fires and assessing the damage to oil fields and equipment. But the recipient of this contract is guaranteed to get other oil-related contracts worth even more. And who gets this great big fat sugar plum? None other than a subsidiary of Halliburton, the company that Dick Cheney headed before becoming vice president of the United States. Or so the rumors go – and Bush hasn't denied them.

Let it never be said that there aren't billions of dollars to be made by a few rich people off of the invasion of a country, the massive destruction of its roads, buildings and industry, and the killing of thousands of its people.

Maybe this explains why Bush, Cheney and gang are such supporters of this war!