The only moral compass for the US and other colonial states is profit
Friday December 22, 2006 – US Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice said the occupation of Iraq was worth the cost in US lives and
dollars. When asked by the Associated Press if the additional funding
of $100bn (£50.8bn) requested for the Iraq and Afghan wars was worth it
she it was “worth the investment”.
Although Rice said "I don't think it's a matter of money," and maintained the delusion that the US led policy in Iraq could produce stability in Iraq and the region, the lack of comment on the issues that do not cost political capital in Washington was hideous. She made no mention of the 650,000 estimated Iraqi civilian deaths since the invasion. She made no mention of those injured, raped and beaten during the occupation. She made no mention of the destruction of one of the more industrialised regions in the Middle East, the infrastructure of which is now in tatters.
The US tax payer may have paid out billions for the Iraq invasion and occupation, but corporate America has grown fatter. Bechtel, an engineering and construction firm based in San Francisco, California has contracts in Iraq valued at $2.3 billion. CACI, an Information technology contractor based in Arlington, Virginia is involved in Interrogation services and intelligence gathering contracts in Iraq worth more than $66 million. Parsons Corp, a Pasadena, California, engineering and construction company , has contracts in Iraq worth more than $5 billion for rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure, including healthcare and security facilities and water and sewage systems – the same ones destroyed by the US military. KBR, the major engineering and construction arm of Houston, Texas-based Halliburton has contracts for ''reconstruction of Iraq’s oil industry, as well as providing logistical support and services to the U.S. military '' worth more than $10 billion. The very same oil industry that has been so consumately exploited by western oil companies such as Chevron – that boasted Rice as a director until 2001.
The United State’s political aims in Iraq may have been utterly dashed and the military failing has revealed an inability to enforce its occupation, but corporate America can still proudly say it was worth it.
Condoleezza Rice's words echo those of her predecessor Madeline Albright, who once said that the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children due to sanctions were worth it. The Baker Hamilton report offers nothing more ethical in its aims, only a more cunning style. Imperial America may have been humbled in Iraq in terms of its power, but not its greed.