Sunday, December 04, 2005

War has become America's leading brand.

35% more deaths with our Big War Machine over the other major brands

Look for the blood red box at your grocer's today!

Excerpt of SFGate article:

Breaking with the Clinton administration's advocacy for a cooperative, rules-based international economy...the Bush administration has fashioned a new model of imperial globalization, aggressive and unilateralist. This agenda, at best, benefits a narrow slice of the American business community and leaves the rest exposed to a world of popular resentment and economic uncertainty.

If Bush is an oil president, he's not a Disney president, nor a Coca-Cola one. If Vice President Dick Cheney is working diligently to help Halliburton rebound, the war he helped lead hasn't worked out nearly so well for Starbucks.

A year ago, Jim Lobe of Inter Press Service reported on a survey of 8,000 international consumers released by Global Market Institute Inc. of Seattle. The survey noted that "one-third of all consumers in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom said that U.S. foreign policy, particularly the war on terror and the occupation of Iraq, constituted their strongest impression of the United States."

"Unfortunately, current American foreign policy is viewed by international consumers as a significant negative, when it used to be a positive," said Mitchell Eggers, Global Market's chief operating officer and chief pollster.

Rest of article at: How Bush's policies are being linked to economic woes and CEO angst in America

And, hey, we have all capitulated to the global economy -- whether we like it or not -- because we can't fight the assumption of political dominion of the wealthy of the world while so many keep voting for it by marking the Republican choice on the ballot.

So what do the so-called 'adults' in government in America do?

They destroy the attractiveness of brand "America". This means jobs lost to us.

The deal of world trade that is being forced whether we like it or not is that we should be able to sell products back. There are products that we can sell if all things are equal beyond the very cheap natural resources if we don't have 3 strikes against us before we try.

We have the higher prices, but still some things can't be mocked up in China. There a products that without trade barriers we would excel at.

But, though, that one strike is not enough to put us out, the other two strikes which stem from the aggressive invasion of Iraq, and the way we forced the war on the world without listening to their concerns, even their demands that we prove our case (which we never did. Most of the coalition was bribed with rebuilding contract offers and just plain old US taxpayer money).

Now most of American business is adrift--but wait, the president's 'men' assure us that the economy is sailing along full speed so why are all these businesses having a bad year? Was "Pickles" lying to us?-- and they're saying the war is the reason.

This makes the Bush people look even more tribalistic than ever. Was it all about getting contracts for Bechtel, Halliburton and those corporations that Rummy and Bush have major interests in?

I do wish they would not link the operation in Afghanistan with the invasion of Iraq. The job in Afghanistan needed to be done and in fact was not done well enough as the job of 'getting bin Laden' was turned over to poor Afghan tribesmen. It was also approved by most of the world.

The aggressive war on Iraq looks very much like what Robert H. Jackson was talking about when he was the chief US prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials. Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in his other job, Mr. Jackson argued that one of the worst problems with the Third Reich was the fact that it took no council from the other major world powers on what it wanted to do. Our leaders managed to get the UK and Spain to go with them, but Germany was able to involve Japan and Italy in its campaign, so the analogy does stand.


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