The Top Ten War Profiteers of 2004

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    The Top Ten War Profiteers of 2004
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  3. by   donmurray
    Wow! My apologies to Halliburton, it seems we Brits haven't lost our "entrepreneurial" touch.
    Last edit by donmurray on Jan 1, '05
  4. by   Tweety
    Got to love a good war, and the post war rebuilding, it's great for the economy! Finally some good news about the war!
  5. by   Ted
    Here's my take on ANY company and/or ANY person profiteering from a war:

    No Profits Should Be Made! PERIOD!

    People die in wars, for gosh sakes! How can any one company or any group be allowed to financially PROFIT from war?!?!?!?

    BLECH!

    :stone
    Last edit by Ted on Jan 1, '05
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    I knew this thread would bring Ted out of the woodwork

    How are you? Happy New Year! :hatparty:

    steph
  7. by   Ted
    Quote from stevielynn
    I knew this thread would bring Ted out of the woodwork

    How are you? Happy New Year! :hatparty:

    steph
    Yea. . . .

    Could not keep my mouth shut on this one, Steph.

    How am I? Improving. . . .

    For Christmas, Amy suffered appendicitis and had her appendix taken out the following day. Prior to that, we both had the bad case of the flu (from head to buttom, if you know what I mean). The flu seems to have finally passed from our household. Most importantly, Amy is recovering well from her emergent surgery. We just got back from a quiet New Year's Day dinner.

    Hope all is well with you and your family!

    Here's to good health!

    Here's to non-profiteering from war!

    Ted
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from efiebke
    Yea. . . .

    Could not keep my mouth shut on this one, Steph.

    How am I? Improving. . . .

    For Christmas, Amy suffered appendicitis and had her appendix taken out the following day. Prior to that, we both had the bad case of the flu (from head to buttom, if you know what I mean). The flu seems to have finally passed from our household. Most importantly, Amy is recovering well from her emergent surgery. We just got back from a quiet New Year's Day dinner.

    Hope all is well with you and your family!

    Here's to good health!

    Here's to non-profiteering from war!

    Ted
    Wow, glad you both are better.

    steph
  9. by   Mkue
    I'm not the best historian but I do believe that profits were made from WWII..we had companies who supplied/manufactured ammunitions..etc. I could be wrong. I do recall reading about women working in factories turning out products needed for that war.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I believe you are right, Tigerlily. Propheting from war is not a new thing.....so sad.
  11. by   Fluesy
    despite over eight months of work and billions of dollars spent, key pieces of iraq's infrastructure - power plants, telephone exchanges, and sewage and sanitation systems - have either not been repaired, or have been fixed so poorly that they don't function.
    san francisco-based bechtel has been given tens of millions to repair iraq's schools. yet many haven't been touched, and several schools that bechtel claims to have repaired are in shambles. one 'repaired' school was overflowing with unflushed sewage; a teacher at the school also reported that 'the american contractors took away our japanese fans and replaced them with syrian fans that don't work' - billing the u.s. government for the work.
    inflated overhead costs and a byzantine maze of sub-contracts have left little money for the everyday workers carrying out projects. in one contract for police operations, iraqi guards received only 10% of the money allotted for their salaries; indian cooks for halliburton subsidiary kellogg brown and root reported making just three dollars a day.
    http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.pht...r_profiteering

    and we sonder why the iraqi's are not "grateful" for the rebuilding - this is a disgrace.
  12. by   Tweety
    Quote from Tigerlily
    I'm not the best historian but I do believe that profits were made from WWII..we had companies who supplied/manufactured ammunitions..etc. I could be wrong. I do recall reading about women working in factories turning out products needed for that war.

    Yes, in fact in most wars someone is profiting somewhere. The unfortunate thing is in our capitalist society, we have to pay for our war etc. Of the billions we spend in Iraq, much of that is going in someone's pocket somewhere. Sometimes this is why the economy can grow in times of war through trickle down effect, jobs are created in the industry (the working woman of WWII for instance, and they thus poor more money into the economy with their paychecks, etc. In fact WWII effectively ended the Great Depression once and for all.)

    Also we can profit after the war as well to help rebuild after we destroy. Lots of US money was made in post-war Japan and Europe for instance. Lots of money will be made rebuilding Iraq when were through destroying it.

    Good news for America!
    Last edit by Tweety on Jan 2, '05
  13. by   Rep
    Yes, you are right. Profits can be made but innocent lives lost in the war can not be made to return.

    How I wish that wars should be fought by politicians or leaders instead of ordinary soldiers. I think we will have lasting peace after that. It is easy to declare war when a person is not personally involved with.

    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Yes, in fact in most wars someone is profiting somewhere. The unfortunate thing is in our capitalist society, we have to pay for our war etc. Of the billions we spend in Iraq, much of that is going in someone's pocket somewhere. Sometimes this is why the economy can grow in times of war through trickle down effect, jobs are created in the industry (the working woman of WWII for instance, and they thus poor more money into the economy with their paychecks, etc. In fact WWII effectively ended the Great Depression once and for all.)

    Also we can profit after the war as well to help rebuild after we destroy. Lots of US money was made in post-war Japan and Europe for instance. Lots of money will be made rebuilding Iraq when were through destroying it.

    Good news for America!
  14. by   maureeno
    "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."-- President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953

    >>[contrast] present U.S. policy with reconstruction following World War II when President Franklin D. Roosevelt said "I don't want to see a single war millionaire created in the United States as a result of this disaster." Harry Truman denounced war profiteering as "treason." And earlier in the century, according to Purohit, "Sen. Robert LaFollette called war profiteers 'enemies of democracy in the homeland.'" <<<
    http://www.workingforchange.com/arti...m?ItemID=15492

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