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Lockheed Stock And Two Smoking Barrels

C&Ler Rasputin tipped us to this article in Playboy (I'm sure he only reads it for the articles) about those for whom the Iraq War is going re

C&Ler Rasputin tipped us to this article in Playboy (I'm sure he only reads it for the articles) about those for whom the Iraq War is going really well. If you're reading this at work, you may not be able to access the link, but the full 7 page article is well worth your time.

In November of 2002, Stephen J. Hadley, deputy national security advisor, asked Bruce Jackson to meet with him in the White House. They met in Hadley's office on the ground floor of the West Wing, not far from the offices of Vice President Dick Cheney and then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. Hadley had an exterior office with windows, an overt indicator of his importance within the West Wing hierarchy.

This was months before Secretary of State Colin Powell would go to the United Nations to make the administration's case for the invasion of Iraq, touting the subsequently discredited evidence of weapons of mass destruction. But according to Jackson, Hadley told him that "they were going to war and were struggling with a rationale" to justify it. Jackson, recalling the meeting, reports that Hadley said they were "still working out" a cause, too, but asked that he, Jackson, "set up something like the Committee on NATO" to come up with a rationale.

[..]Still, there is another way to view Jackson's activities. As The New York Times put it in a 1997 article, "at night Bruce Jackson is president of the U.S. Committee to Expand NATO, giving intimate dinners for senators and foreign officials. By day, he is director of strategic planning for Lockheed Martin Corporation, the world's biggest weapons maker."

A weapons maker helping to come up with justifications for a war? Oil executives setting energy policy? Politicians editing scientific studies of global warming? The list just goes on and on... I think the Bizarro World creators would find this country at this point in time too surreal to be believed.


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