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Two related stories hit the presses recently regarding corruption in the US and Iraq. Both are appalling, one is longer and more detailed than the other, and is therefore more appalling.
Secret Report: Corruption is “Norm” Within Iraqi Government- an Iraqi anti-corruption organization released a report detailing how most ministries in the Iraqi government are in the hands of criminals, and the ones that aren’t have little to no way to enforce the rules on the staff.
The Great Iraq Swindle- in a way, this story could be called “Corruption is ‘Norm’ Within the US Government”. The author explains how many of the contractors receiving US money for their work in Iraq are not just war profiteers, but outright thieves. Worse than ordinary thieves, they steal millions, needlessly risk the lives of their employees to get that money, and if the employees don’t like it, the companies will throw those employees out of their secured compounds, to face the chaotic violence and insurgency that the rest of Iraq faces. But worse, the report describes Iraq–and increasingly the US military as well– as a capitalist’s dream, where everything is privatized, competition is a joke, and anybody with connections gets a taste.
There are also some articles out showing how bad things are in Iraq, but do we even need to read them? The country is a fucking mess, and the Iraqi people want us to leave. The only positive news I’ve heard about Iraq is this piece by an Iraq war veteran, arguing that the US military is in “nearly a full-scale revolt” against the president and it” just isn’t willing to go along for the ride anymore”. Unfortunately, I don’t see a lot in his article to back up these claims, but I sure hope that the military will start refusing to take part in any more neocon madness.
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