Friday, March 05, 2010

Republican Party Ginning Up Hysteria Over Obama & Socialism" & US War Profiteers IN Afghanistan & Fallujah Birth Defects

UPDATE: 11:53 AM, March 5,2010

Republicans How Low Can They Go

Fear mongering to get votes
RNC Document Mocks Donors, Plays on 'Fear' byBen Smith at via Common Dreams March 4, 2010

The Republican National Committee plans to raise money this election cycle through an aggressive campaign capitalizing on "fear" of President Barack Obama and a promise to "save the country from trending toward socialism."

The strategy was detailed in a confidential party fundraising presentation, obtained by POLITICO, which also outlines how "ego-driven" wealthy donors can be tapped with offers of access and "tchochkes."

The presentation was delivered by RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart to top donors and fundraisers at a party retreat in Boca Grande, Florida on February 18, a source at the gathering said.

In neat PowerPoint pages, it lifts the curtain on the often-cynical terms of political marketing, displaying an air of disdain for the party's donors that is usually confined to the barroom conversations of political operatives.

The presentation explains the Republican fundraising in simple terms.

"What can you sell when you do not have the White House, the House, or the Senate...?" it asks.

The answer: "Save the country from trending toward Socialism!"

The Iraqi & American governments turn a blind eye health problem, deaths and children born with defects. They invade a country and their occupation causes or allows for the deaths of over one million dead Iraqis and babies are born with defects. Again Obama like George Bush is unable like most Americans to see Iraqis as being worthy of defending .

"The Cost of War: Disturbing Story of Fallujah's Birth Defects" by John Simpson at March 4, 2010 by BBC News via Common

Six years after the intense fighting began in the Iraqi town of Fallujah between US forces and Sunni insurgents, there is a disturbingly large number of cases of birth defects in the town.

...But it is impossible, as a visitor, not to be struck by the terrible number of cases of birth defects there.

We heard many times that officials in Fallujah had warned women that they should not have children.

We went to a clinic for the disabled, and were given details of dozens upon dozens of cases of children with serious birth defects.

One photograph I saw showed a newborn baby with three heads.

...The true causes of the problem, and the question of the effects of the weapons the Americans used, can be resolved only by a proper independent inquiry by medical experts.

And until the security situation in and around Fallujah improves, it will be difficult to carry that out.


War Profiteering - No wonder so many corporations and their investors want more war.
Out of War mayhem & death there are big profits to be made.

As Afghanistan Contracting Surges, Who's Following the Money?
U.S. Agencies Fail to Coordinate, Inviting Waste and Abuse
by Christine Spolar March 4, 2010 by Huffington Post Investigative VIA Common Dreams

In the past eight years, the United States has allocated $51 billion to rebuild and stabilize Afghanistan. But tracking that money sometimes seems as challenging as finding the leaders of the Taliban.

No one keeps an exact count of the number of private contractors working in Afghanistan -- even though Congress ordered that be done more than two years ago. There’s no central list of all the contracts now in force. Government auditors cannot determine with confidence if the reconstruction money is being properly spent or meets the stated objectives. And efforts to improve coordination among the key U.S. agencies managing the money -- the Pentagon, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development -- have lagged at best.

That is the picture that emerges from dozens of interviews with auditors, contractors, congressional aides and inspectors general, who echo the findings of independent government reports over the past decade. Without rigorous record-keeping, they say, the contracting process is vulnerable to waste, duplication of effort and fraud.

The oversight task is growing more critical, because as the Obama administration boosts the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan it also is spawning a surge in contractors hired to build schools and government offices, to help farmers grow cash crops other than poppies that fuel heroin production -- and, in the most critical nation-building task, to train Afghan police and soldiers.

and so it goes,

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