How Much Are You Making on the War Daddy? A Quick and Dirty Guide to War Profiteering in the Bush Administration

Overview

Columnist Paul Krugman has described Bush's melding of political hardball and economic favoritism as "crony capitalism," while Senator John McCain calls it war profiteering. George W. Bush's approach to military spending is a higher-priced version of what went on under the Suharto regime in Indonesia, when corporations connected to the military and the president's inner circle had the inside track on lucrative government contracts. The military budget has increased from $300 billion to more than $400 billion ...
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Overview

Columnist Paul Krugman has described Bush's melding of political hardball and economic favoritism as "crony capitalism," while Senator John McCain calls it war profiteering. George W. Bush's approach to military spending is a higher-priced version of what went on under the Suharto regime in Indonesia, when corporations connected to the military and the president's inner circle had the inside track on lucrative government contracts. The military budget has increased from $300 billion to more than $400 billion annually since George W. Bush took office. The Iraq invasion and occupation will cost at least another $200 billion over the next three to five years. U.S. policy is now based on what's good for Chevron, Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Bechtel, not what's good for the average citizen. Dick Cheney's ties to conglomerate Halliburton are the tip of the iceberg since at least thirty-two top officials in the Bush administration served as executives or paid consultants to top weapons contractors before joining the administration. In George W. Bush's Washington, it has reached the point where you can't tell the generals from the arms lobbyists without a scorecard. This book provides that scorecard, in a style designed to provoke action for change.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560255611
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The 2000 Presidential Elections - Returning to the Scene of the Crime 1
2 Dick Cheney and the Power of the Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone 23
3 Donald Rumsfeld and the Princes of Darkness 45
4 The Carlyle Group: Crony Capitalism without Borders 63
5 The Defense Policy Board: Richard Perle and His Merry Band of Profiteers 79
6 Policy Profiteers: The Role of Right-Wing Think Tanks in Shaping Bush's Foreign Policy 91
7 How the Big Three Weapons-Makers Are Cashing In on the War on Terrorism 119
8 Taking Our Country Back: A Question of Balance 147
Acknowledgments 173
Index 179
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