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Background - The Policy

 

“[…] The White House has issued its vision of a National Security Strategy for the United States. Written by a team of advisors headed by National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, the document enunciates the Bush doctrine. In marked contrast to US foreign policy over the past half century, the Bush doctrine states that the US will never allow its military supremacy to be challenged. On June 1 Bush told graduating cadets at West Point, ‘We fight, as we always fight, for a just peace - a peace that favors liberty. We will defend the peace against the threats from terrorists and tyrants.’ The doctrine outlines how that mission will be accomplished. ‘We do not use our strength to press for unilateral advantage. We seek instead to create a balance of power that favors human freedom.’ […]”

 

Excerpt of Commentary by A. Faruqui from October 4th, 2002.

U.S. Marine in Baghdad - April 2003

 

Chart of Lockheed Martin’s stock price (2002 - early 2007)

Background - The War Profiteers

 

“[…] On the contrary, this is the story of how Lockheed’s interests, as opposed to those of the American citizenry, set the course of U.S. policy after 9/11. For the war companies, things have worked out perfectly. Whatever the rationale for the invasion of Iraq, business is booming. Not long after Bush took office, Lockheed Martin’s revenues soared by more than 30 percent, as it was awarded $17 billion in contracts from the Department of Defense, a far cry from the lean years of the Clinton administration. […] And that was before the war in Iraq.”

 

Excerpt from a Playboy article from January 16th, 2007.

 

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Alliant Techsystems

Boeing

Computer Science Corporation

DynCorp International

General Dynamics

General Electric

Green Valley Co.

Halliburton

Honeywell

ITT Industries

L-3 Communications

Lockheed Martin

Northrop Grumman

Raytheon

Science Applications International Corporation

United Defense Industries

United Technologies

 

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1) A leatherneck with 1st Marine Division mans a post in the streets in the center of Baghdad. Behind the Marine sits the remains of the icon of the fallen Iraqi regime, the pedestal from which a giant Saddam Hussein statue was pulled down by Iraqi citizens and Marines. First Marine Division and other elements of I Marine Expeditionary Force secured the capital city less than three weeks into Operation Iraqi Freedom. - April 2003 - U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Joseph R. Chenelly;

 

 

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