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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Bush's America From Dirty Water to Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier/Iraq Veterans Against the War

Dirty Water For Our Soldiers! Kellogg, Brown, and Root - one of Dick Cheney's pet corporations with 16 billion dollars in outstanding war contracts and $520 million in pure profit for the year 2007, cut corners from 2004 to 2006 by supplying the soldiers on military bases in Iraq with filthy, contaminated water. The "Patriotic Profiteers" of KBR, charged with supporting American troops in the overseas war zones, abused them by consistently delivering waste water in which, our weary soldiers were to bathe their bodies, and launder their uniforms.

"KBR had exposed the entire camp to water twice as contaminated as raw water from the Euphrates River. KBR was apparently taking the waste water... which should have been dumped back in the river, and using that as the non-potable water supply. such problems had been happening for more than a year... No water treatment specialist could claim that the water was fit for human use." -
from the Senate testimony of Ben Carter, water purification specialist and former Halliburton employee. PROFITS FIRST - SOLDIERS LAST!


The song below is dedicated to the bastards at KBR


March 4th
, 2008 - my family and I were sickened by a report on 60 Minutes. Hundreds of uninsured and under insured Americans had driven for hours to reach Knoxville, Tennessee where Remote Area Medical or "RAM", an organization of medical volunteers, had set up a clinic and was offering a weekend of free medical care. A cross section of middle class and poor Americans with who have gone years without being able to see a doctor drove for hours, and waited hours longer in the freezing cold. These neglected citizens included patients who had been treated for heart attacks and cancer but were unable to pay for follow up care. Many who were in pain from abscessed teeth and or could not see properly put precious dollars into their gas tanks and made the journey hopes of receiving dental treatment and eye care.

RAM, orginally organized to provide medical care in remote locations in
third world countries, now "does 60% of its work in urban and rural America". Not all of the thousands of sick and suffering were seen that week - far too many needing care had shown up. Those who did see the medical teams were grateful but many were also ashamed that unable to provide care for themselves and their families, they were reduced seeking charity care intended for the poor in third word countries.


There is no evidence of a link between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda according to a Pentagon study titled, "Saddam and Terrorism: Emerging Insights from Captured Iraqi Documents". The study, completed last year, has proven that Bush and Cheney lied America into a preemptive war against Iraq. It was to be released on the internet this week where the American public would have easy access its content - after all, we paid for it so we own
it - but the Pentagon suddenly decided that it is "too politically sensitive" to be viewed online. The analysis was based on 600,000 Iraqi documents and thousands of hours of interrogations of Iraqi citizens. Gosh, that many documents make it really sensitive especially since our president kept saying things like, "The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Saddam and al Qaeda: because there was a relationship between Saddam and al Qaeda."

The Pentagon buried the study but not entirely. "We are making the report available to anyone who wishes to have it, and we'll send it out via CD in the mail", claimed the Joint Forces Command. So I guess one has to write a letter to the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia but that might be a bit difficult as they did not give an address. The Bush Administration
and the Pentagon have deliberately created a diversion to dissuade Americans from seeking the truth about this illegal war in Iraq. None-the-less, the address can be tracked down and if one's letter of request is not conveniently "lost", interested patriots will perhaps receive the "Saddam - al-Qaeda no connection report" by snail mail.


It is ironic that the
eye witness accounts of the occupations, Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan, is taking place just days after the man noted for speaking truthfully, Admiral William J. Fallon, Commander, U.S. Central Command, resigned. Secretary of Defense Gates listed, "Fox" Fallon as "one of the best strategic thinkers in uniform today", but Bush, Cheney, and the Israelis, in pursuit of expanding the U.S. war into Iran, wanted a yes man to carry out the destruction of yet another country. The admiral, unfortunately, is an intelligent, competent leader who sees the bigger picture and cares about the outcome.

Admiral Fallon who has served his country for 44 years, wanted to draw down the troops in Iraq, does not want to strike Iran, is well respected in numerous Middle Eastern countries as a listener, a negotiator, and as a strong diplomat willing to engage with others to problem solve and bring about change, had to go.

Now Bush Americans are back on track for a military strike against Iran. There will be an incident of some sort. The U.S. propaganda machine will go into high gear and a joint effort of some kind that involves the demanding, neoconservative Israelis will be launched. Iran will retaliate by striking the troops in Iraq. Many U.S. personnel will die. Bush and Cheney know this but have already written their lives off along with the lives of the Iranians they plan to kill.


Who's going to pay in blood and money for the next Bush fiasco? Don't worry. War can be fought on love alone - its a romantic experience according to the flakey, murdering presider who wouldn't tolerate Admiral Fallon. "W" delivered the following message to U.S. forces fighting in Afghanistan:

"I must say, I'm a little envious," Bush said. "If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed."

"It must be exciting for you ... in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You're really making history, and thanks," Bush said.

Note - Bush was younger and not employed in the White House but did not want to have a fantastic experience in Vietnam. He buzzed his friends in an obsolete Texas Air National plane and got drunk every night. What an ASS!

Please watch or listen to the Winter Soldier testimonies this weekend. Perhaps the Iraq Veterans Against the War will have something to say about how fantastic it is to force democracy down the throats of an occupied people.


..................Want to Confront Danger?...........
....................Kitchen Window Woman......................

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Blogger Tom said...

“The right wing zealots have never given up on an illegal and preemptive strike on Iran”

that’s right, we need to get the word out as much as we can

tell everyone not to participate in an illegal act:
The uniform code makes it abundantly clear that it must be the Lawful orders of a superior officer. In fact it says, ‘Members of the military have an obligation to disobey unlawful orders.’ This principle was considered so important that we, the government of the United States, proposed that it be internationally applied in the Nuremberg trials.” - Senator Inouye, a decorated World War II veteran and hero

8:24 PM  
Blogger Buffalo said...

'Tis a sad state of affairs we find ourselves.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Thanks for the You Tube link. You are right, the neoconservatives led by Cheney have not given up on expanding these wars. The original PNAC plan for the American domination of Middle East involved invasions of Iraq, Iran, Syria and eventually Saudi Arabia.

Members of the military should disobey any more war orders from this criminal administration. If the military stands down Bush can't kill any more people. That's why I support GI Resistance.

What if they gave a war and nobody came?

It truly is sad and scary, too. There seems to be so little disregard for the victims of these wars - both our soldiers and the civilians whose countries were invaded.

10:11 PM  
Blogger deuddersun said...

Outstanding post KWW. Once again you have summed it up beautifully. I only hope that the Winter Soldiers' testimony is actually "heard" by those we have elected to lead us, not "bleed" us.


9:44 AM  

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