The Secret History Of American Wars For Big Business
1990 Saddam Hussein Pooh-Poohs U.S., Causes Desert Storm
During the Iran-Iraq war, the U.S. treated Saddam Hussein as its golden boy, not only because of the country's vast oil reserves, but also its counterbalance to growing Iranian power and influence. Strained by post-Iran-Iraq War debt, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, accusing it of slant drilling from the two countries' shared oilfield. In spite of calls for peace from the international community, the U.S. staged a massive military assault (headed by "Stormin'" Norman Schwarzkopf, whose father trained the Shah's brutal secret police in the overthrow of Mosaddegh) in order to stop Iraq from becoming too big a player in the oil market.
2002 Chavez Beats U.S.-Sponsored Coup
In 2001, Venezuela was America's third-largest supplier of oil. But then President Hugo Chavez passed a law that strengthened government control over the Venezuelan state-owned petroleum company, blocking the corporatocracy's march to global empire. Soon after, a military coup briefly deposed Chavez and, according to The Observer, the U.S. was behind it. Elliot Abrams, special assistant to President George W. Bush and who had pled guilty to two misdemeanors of withholding information from Congress in the Iran-Contra affair, was alleged to have greenlit the whole coup.
2004 U.S. Hates On Haiti
According to The New York Times, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the International Republican Institute (the international arm of the Republican Party) spent tens of millions of dollars to help push regime change in Haiti, which the I.R.I. disputes. The last straw was when President Jean-Bertrand Aristide doubled his country's minimum wage from $1 to $2 per day, upsetting wealthy sweatshop owners. The coup leaders were joined by Washington in announcing that Aristide had "voluntarily resigned." However, Aristide claims that he and his wife were abducted at gunpoint and transplanted to central Africa under the cover of night. He returned to Haiti in March 2011, although he was curiously prevented from arriving in time for that month's presidential elections.
2003-2011 Get Your Iraq War On
With more bloggers and citizen journalists at work and a fiercer competition to get the facts, it's no wonder that so many rumors have emerged of suspicious activity during the Iraq war. Internet commenters have alleged everything from government lies about weapons of mass destruction to Americans looting Baghdad. One site, Business Pundit, went so far as to name 25 companies as being the "worst profiteers" in the war, meaning they suspect there are more than 25 profiteers. But are these allegations true? And did America enter the Iraq war on behalf of big business? The answers, so far, have proved inconclusive.