|29 Jan 2003 @ 17:19, by sharie
I grew up playing chess. I was a Chess Champion when I was just eleven years old. Recently, I've begun teaching the game to my six-year old twin daughters. There is a strategic move in the game of Chess known as the "fork". In this strategy, I position one of my men to simultaneously jeopardize two of my opponent's pieces. In this way, no matter what my opponent does, I will capture at least one of his powerful men with little or no loss to myself.
This is relevant in the war strategies which no doubt military leaders are well-trained in.
Today, while reading through more of the war positioning against Iraq, it struck me that there has been a "fork" created. No matter what Iraq does now, their opposition (GW & associates) will bag billions of dollars.
GW and his highly-experienced father, along with their co-conspirators Dick, Donald, Henry and the others own stock in the weapons companies. They profit from the wars they wage. The weapons are paid for by american tax dollars, but these men have created a way to profit for the nearly $500 billion dollars of tax dollars allocated each year which ultimately goes to themselves.
They also provide "Foreign Aid Packages" which include weapons paid for by American taxpayers, with the *retail value* listed at 100 times it's cost, so that the Associates' investments will have a high return.
A $40 billion dollar Foreign Aid Package, for example, may be weapons which cost just $1 Million, with the difference between the actual cost and the sale price going to the weapons company stockholders (guess who).
These men have also been creating a long series of Committees and Programs with funding in the billions and billions of dollars. Henry's 9/11 Investigation Committee, for example, had a price tag estimated at $35 billion. Of course this money labored for by Americans and taken from their paychecks is going into the private pockets of GW & his associates.
So all the war expenditures, no matter who wins or who backs down, results in personal profits for the men in charge. Even if they don't get Iraq's oil, they profit from all the weapons sales in order to prepare for the war against Iraq, including the sale of oil to the military for the ships, planes, trucks and so on.
Strategically, this is a "fork" which they have created. They win - they pocket billions of dollars - no matter what happens.
Dick Cheney personally pocketed over $30 Million off the Gulf War - and that's just the known profits.
Oh what a web they weave.