Plundering Iraq

The following from the aforementioned Klein article is a little-reported bit of evidence of the “free market” shock being undertaken in Iraq.

There are seventeen state-owned cement factories across the country, but most are idle or working at only half capacity. According to the Ministry of Industry, not one of these factories has received a single contract to help with the reconstruction, even though they could produce the walls and meet other needs for cement at a greatly reduced cost. The CPA pays up to $1,000 per imported blast wall; local manufacturers say they could make them for $100. Minister Tofiq says there is a simple reason why the Americans refuse to help get Iraq’s cement factories running again: among those making the decisions, “no one believes in the public sector.”1

“Baghdad year zero: Pillaging Iraq in pursuit of a neocon utopia” by Naomi Klein (Harper’s Magazine)

This article really is an infuriating expose of the ruthless businesspeople we have masquerading as a Presidential administration.  Of course,  there has nearly always been this element in the American Presidency,  but the media-captivation pulled off by the likes of Rove and Co. have made this administration a bevy of Good Fellas,  all helping one another to find their own little pot of gold in the system.

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