Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Dick Chows Down

As Cheney frantically scurries for a dark, damp corner far from the painful glare of of the Fitzgerald investigation, like some latter-day Iago, he's still pulling the strings from hiding, insisting on the US's right to torture by virtue of its moral superiority -- in essence arguing that our torture is more sacrosanct than Saddam's.

And, as more and more "bad apples" are turning up by the bushelful, it appears his dark majesty's spooks are more than happy to avail themselves of his legal largesse.

Not that it's doing any damned good.

But who says Chief Pan Troglodytes isn't telling the truth about how swimmingly the enlightenment of the swarthy desert savages is going?

After all, (The) Dick's pet no-bid contract recipient is making two kinds of a killing, from blatantly stealing your money and selling rotten food and contaminated water to our troops, shanghaiing virtual slave labor, repeatedly commiting massive fraud, stealing money that could have bought life-saving armor and directly saved some of the 2000 of our fallen.

And while mercenaries in Iraq, whose base pay ranges from $130,000 to $390,000, are certainly enjoying their third of the $4 billion-a-month blood-and-money pie, they can't possibly be as delighted as Cheney, who's being handsomely rewarded by you, first with $178,437 in deferred Halliburton compensation (from the halcyon days when he was illegally selling nuclear detonators and uranium centrifuges to the very states he now wants to invade for possessing them), in tax deferments and dividends from 433,333 stock options (which most certainly ARE affected by company performance), which increased in value by 3,281% this year making them worth a total of $8 million. Sure, while it's politically expedient, Cheney is donating the current profits to unnamed charities, but you can bet he's hanging on tightly to those stocks for the fat little retirement bonus you've given him.

And then there's Cheney's third paycheck from you, for providing such excellent service to America, which comes to $202,900 + $10,000 for expenses.

Of course, life isn't quite so grand for those Americans on the ground eating bullets for Cheney's stock portfolio:

Base pay for a private: $15,480 after one year
Base pay for a corporal: $19,980 after three years
Base pay for commissioned officers: $26,200
Base pay for a movie usher: $14,144

And, when they get home, the Bush Administration has prepared a particularly special treat for them, once again showing their support for "our" troops, with that extra touch that only they know how to provide. Call it conservative compassion; heavy on the conservative, light on the compassion.

But while 82% of the Iraqi people may indeed want us to get the hell out of their country as of yesterday (at least according to the British Ministry of Defense), who says the Iraq occupation isn't a success?

It all depends upon whose wallet you're looking at.

Quote of the Day: "As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."
-- President Abraham Lincoln

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