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Article posted Jul 14 2013, 5:24 AM Category: Commentary Source: Will Grigg Print

The Murderous Socialist Alchemy called "War"

by Will Grigg

As the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan is drawn down, the Pentagon is preparing to demolish a huge operations center that was built for the Marines.

The facility, which is located in the country’s Helmand Province, cost at least $34 million to construct. Sprawling across the bleak and dusty landscape of southwestern Afghanistan, the base is the size of a football field. It has an ultra-modern operations center with tiered seating, a briefing theater, a state-of-the-art air conditioning system, and large, well-appointed offices. It has never been used, and never will be.  Military commanders explained three years ago that the base wasn’t needed, but Washington insisted on paying the contractor to finish it nonetheless.

In Kandahar Province, the military recently finished a $45 million vehicle repair facility, which is now being used to sort through surplus equipment. In the northern part of the country can be found a partially completed consulate building that has been abandoned after an expenditure of $80 million. It was decided that the outpost would be vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

As General Smedley Butler pointed out decades ago, war is a racket. It is a perverse form of corporate socialist alchemy in which irreplaceable human lives are transmuted into corrupt profits for politically connected opportunists.

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Posted: Jul 14 2013, 1:07 PM

67142 why is it you never report the contractors that make the money and their affiliations. That is a travesty. It shows that you are not reporters just another reproducer.

Posted: Jul 14 2013, 7:43 PM

65110 Whose money is being spent (rather, wasted)?

Posted: Jul 14 2013, 8:16 PM

9822 @67142 Mr. Grigg's article is a brief synopses of another article he provides a link to. He is a prolific writer on a variety of subjects, frequently publishing investigative and detailed accounts which probably tax his time and resources. Instead of accusing him of being a "reproducer" why don't you contact the large news agencies that have more people and money who would be able to pursue an in depth story about the contractors? Another option would be for you to do your own investigating, write the story and put it on the net. If you are able to expose waste, excess or just some nefarious goings on I'd like to know about it, and think many other people would be interested in your expose as well.

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