I don’t know if anyone still believes that we invaded Iraq to take out Weapons of Mass Destruction, or to take out Saddam Hussein, or to liberate the Iraqi people or whatever. We went there to line the pockets of Bush’s oil buddies and Cheney’s contractor pals.
With that in mind, here are the people who are benefiting in Iraq, and here is the cost.
A Houston, Texas woman says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers in Baghdad, and the company and the U.S. government are covering up the incident.
Jamie Leigh Jones, now 22, says that after she was raped by multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.
“Don’t plan on working back in Iraq. There won’t be a position here, and there won’t be a position in Houston,” Jones says she was told.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court against Halliburton and its then-subsidiary KBR, Jones says she was held in the shipping container for at least 24 hours without food or water by KBR, which posted armed security guards outside her door, who would not let her leave. Jones described the container as sparely furnished with a bed, table and lamp.
She managed to contact her father, who contacted his congressman. He got the State Department to go rescue her.
Since our “contractors” don’t answer to anyone (see also Blackwater), no one is pursuing any criminal charges in this case.
(Keep in mind that this is an American woman going through this. You can imagine how much worse it is for Iraqi women.)
Nobody in our government is interested in looking into this, but you can find relief in the fact that the 101st Fighting Keyboarders are on the case. Jon Swift documents the efforts of right-wing bloggers to defend America through dragging this woman through the dirt:
Although Shackleford, Curt and Ace don’t know anything about the case other than what they have seen on the Internet, they apparently do read mystery stories. Anyone who has read detective novels knows that when all the evidence seems to be pointing one way, you can be sure that what the evidence is telling you is the exact opposite of the truth. Usually, the detective reveals this twist at the end, but Shackleford, Curt and Ace decided to skip right to the last chapter instead of waiting to see what other evidence comes out before drawing any conclusions. Ace, quoting his doppelganger the Church Lady, says Jones’ story is “too convenient.” Curt, who supports actor Fred Thompson for President, says it sounds “too movie like.” Shackleford, no doubt wrinkling his brow and rubbing his beard thoughtfully as the wheels spin in his brain, if he has one (a beard, that is), writes, “It’s perfect. Too perfect.”
If these are the values we’re looking to bring to Iraq, is it any wonder that our country is now at the point where Presidential candidates debate how much torture we should use, instead of whether we should use it at all?
What the hell has happened to this country’s humanity?
Merry Christmas, everyone.