THE ONE CLEAR WINNER IN IRAQ: MERCENARIES & WAR PROFITEERS
CHENEY EARNS a multi million dollar a year salary* from one corporation in IRAQ: Halliburton
by JEREMY SCAHILL, COUNTERPUNCH - With almost no congressional oversight
and even less public awareness, the Bush administration has more than
doubled the size of the U.S. occupation through the use of private
war companies. There are now almost 200,000 private "contractors"
deployed in Iraq by Washington. This means that U.S. military forces
in Iraq are now outsized by a coalition of billing corporations whose
actions go largely unmonitored and whose crimes are virtually unpunished.
In essence, the Bush administration has created a shadow army that
can be used to wage wars unpopular with the American public but
extremely profitable for a few unaccountable private companies.
Since the launch of the "global war on terror," the administration
has systematically funneled billions of dollars in public money to
corporations like Blackwater USA , DynCorp, Triple Canopy, Erinys and
ArmorGroup. They have in turn used their lucrative government
pay-outs to build up the infrastructure and reach of private armies
so powerful that they rival or outgun some nation's militaries. . .
Precise data on the extent of U.S. spending on mercenary services is
nearly impossible to obtain - by both journalists and elected
officials-but some in Congress estimate that up to 40 cents of every
tax dollar spent on the war goes to corporate war contractors. At
present, the United States spends about $2 billion a week on its Iraq
operations. . .
At present, an American or a British Special Forces veteran working
for a private security company in Iraq can make $650 a day. At times
the rate has reached $1,000 a day; the pay dwarfs many times over
that of active duty troops operating in the war zone wearing a U.S.
or U.K. flag on their shoulder instead of a corporate logo.
* SALARY CHENEY EARNS ESTIMATED at 1/4 mil to a mil a yr.
maybe more, some say it's billions.
CNN SAYS: Presidential taxes. George W. Bush had $822,000 in income in 2003.
He paid $277,000 in taxes. Three years earlier, Mr. Bush's income was $744,000
in income, with $240,000 in taxes. Vice President Cheney earns more, a lot more
than his boss. He declared $1.2 million in income for 2003. He paid $253,000
in taxes. In 2000 when he was heading up Halliburton, Cheney's income was $36 million.
$14 million went to taxes. (NOW he defers the income, meaning his salary will come
LATER for these yrs he was in office.
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0504/15/lt.02.html is where that
fact is, and search on phrase CHENEY EARNS' but go back to GOOGLE and
add phrase "halliburton" to Cheney earns, and search on that! EDIFYING.
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