This article by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone must be read to be believed. I mean that– please, please read it. It’s utterly horrifying. I had known about some of the aspects of the war profiteering story that he discusses, but to have the whole sordid tale laid out so baldly is stomach-churning. I don’t understand how it is that profit can warp so many human beings to the point that they build quite literal piles of shit for the soldiers and civilians they are supposed to be helping. How people can bilk billions upon billions of American taxpayer money on patently frivolous projects, and then proceed to refuse to insure one of their employees hurt on the job, despite the fact that the law requires them to do so. And then, of course, the morality of the Bush administration who defends these amoral assholes vociferously at every attempt to hold them to account for their war crimes. Just a sample:
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the story of the Iraq War in a nutshell. In the history of balls, the world has never seen anything like the private contractors George W. Bush summoned to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Collectively, they are the final, polished result of 231 years of natural selection in the crucible of American capitalism: a bureaucrat class capable of stealing the same dollar twice — once from the taxpayer and once from a veteran in a wheelchair.
Maybe I do believe in American exceptionalism, after all. You have to be pretty exceptional to lie and steal and murder with so little remorse, and such extreme entitlement.