Profitless War

With politicians screaming about government waste, you think they would be quite annoyed at investing a trillion dollars in a war without a decent financial return. Viet Nam had the world’s largest deposit of tungsten, a metal used for making incandescent light bulb filaments and super-hard steel. Iraq had the second largest reserves of oil, now all auctioned off to western oil companies. Afghanistan had the right of way needed for a major Unocal oil pipeline. So perhaps the wars were not as altruistic an investment in freedom as claimed. The government may not have reaped the benefits, but the corporations who owned the politicians did.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)