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Oil addiction grows

The unprovoked invasion and occupation of Iraq is a very expensive adventure in both money and blood. The final, total 10-year cost of this war will probably be over a trillion dollars, much of it in the form of federal debt. It has little to do with American security or democracy and everything to do with oil and the military industrial complex.

The Halliburtons and all the other oil related industries stand to make billions feeding our wasteful oil addiction. Untold fortunes will be made by military contractors protecting our “freedoms,” as Bush likes to say. Medals and military careers will abound protecting our “liberty” in Iraq while more serious threats will go unattended. Iraqis will benefit from the pouring of American tax dollars into their country. It will be one happy party until the last drop of oil is extracted, then we will leave and violence and despotism will arise again there. Who will be the big losers in this oil orgy? The American middle class will get strapped with debt that weakens Social Security. America’s moral authority will diminish. Alternate energy development, efficiencies, and the environment will suffer. Our oil addiction will be worse than ever as our dependency continues.

Mark Biagi



Penn Valley


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