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How Much Are You Making on the War, Daddy? - William D. Hartung

How Much Are You Making on the War, Daddy?

Paperback Published: 1st December 2003
ISBN: 9781560255611
Number Of Pages: 208

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Columnist Paul Krugman has described Bush’s melding of political hardball and economic favoritism as “crony capitalism,” while Senator John McCain calls it war profiteering. George W. Bush’s approach to military spending is a higher-priced version of what went on under the Suharto regime in Indonesia, when corporations connected to the military and the president’s inner circle had the inside track on lucrative government contracts. The military budget has increased from $300 billion to more than $400 billion annually since George W. Bush took office. The Iraq invasion and occupation will cost at least another $200 billion over the next three to five years. U.S. policy is now based on what’s good for Chevron, Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Bechtel, not what’s good for the average citizen. Dick Cheney’s ties to conglomerate Halliburton are the tip of the iceberg since at least thirty-two top officials in the Bush administration served as executives or paid consultants to top weapons contractors before joining the administration. In George W. Bush’s Washington, it has reached the point where you can’t tell the generals from the arms lobbyists without a scorecard. This book provides that scorecard, in a style designed to provoke action for change.

"The purse is now open, and any member of Congress who is seen as trying to stop us from spending the money we need to defend the country will be looking for a new job after next November."

Prefacep. ix
The 2000 Presidential Elections--Returning to the Scene of the Crimep. 1
Dick Cheney and the Power of the Self-Licking Ice Cream Conep. 23
Donald Rumsfeld and the Princes of Darknessp. 45
The Carlyle Group: Crony Capitalism without Bordersp. 63
The Defense Policy Board: Richard Perle and His Merry Band of Profiteersp. 79
Policy Profiteers: The Role of Right-Wing Think Tanks in Shaping Bush's Foreign Policyp. 91
How the Big Three Weapons-Makers Are Cashing In on the War on Terrorismp. 119
Taking Our Country Back: A Question of Balancep. 147
Acknowledgmentsp. 173
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9781560255611
ISBN-10: 1560255617
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st December 2003
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.24