American companies are where most of the money is being spent. That money
comes back home. Plus the final bill gets repaid with the Iraqi oil money.
The US pretty much broke even in the last Gulf War and by some accounts may
have even made some money by the time eveyone chipped in to cover their
part of the expenses.
I personally know guys that are thinking of going over there and get a
piece of the pie, specifically, going to work for Halliburton as well as
other companies, getting the oil fields lined out again. Lots of other jobs
getting the refineries and all the surface production equipment repaired.
It takes a lot to keep that equipment functioning correctly with regular
maintenance. I work on it for a living and it is a chore, believe me. With
the neglect that country's infrastructure has seen I'll bet the oil fields
are in a helluva mess.
The figures I am hearing are approching $140K and up tax free just
working as hands and pushing crews. If I didn't already have a pretty good
oil field job right now, I would be thinking about it pretty hard myself.
There is personal profit to be made, as always, in war. Unfortunately,
even if we neglect the ethical considerations, most of this profit goes
to a very, very small percentage of "Americans." Ergo, it's a losing
proposition for most Americans.
On Sun, 21 Sep 2003 13:17:37 -0700, Kim Whitmyre wrote:
Possibly true, and by this same logic, since only 3000 out of 300,000,000
people were killed on 9/11, it's probably not much to worry about. Why,
that's only 1/10th of the number of automobile accident victims we have
every year, and nobody raises a fuss about that.
And even fewer raise a fuss about the foreign policy that has, over many
years, engendered the hatred that the towers are only a symptom of. . .I
guess as long as I'm fat and happy, the rest of the world can go to hell
in a handbasket, eh?
On Sun, 21 Sep 2003 15:38:18 -0700, Kim Whitmyre wrote:
Foreign policy makes no difference to radical Islam - they hate us because
we exist and we are infidels. The attacks around the world aren't aimed
at only the US, but also other infidels. We happen to be the most powerful
collection of infidels and are therefore a preferred target. That is the
logic of this war.
On Sun, 21 Sep 2003 20:23:17 -0700, Kim Whitmyre wrote:
LOL - OK, but since you already bought that bridge, you can keep it. The
left, right and words of the murderers all say this is about converting us
or killing us...
I don't have any idea who is feeding you the idea that 911 was our fault
instead of the fault of the murderers. I certainly don't plan on taking
up their beliefs to get them to stop their terrorism.
Premium hit? <G>
Premium here in CT is currently $1.98-$2.05. Yesterday I paid $2.01
for my 93 octane lawn mower gas. We paid $2.99 a gallon last weekend
for 100LL aviation gas for my buddy's plane, and that has a lot less
taxes than "street gas".
87 octane is $1.79-$1.90.
Yeah but you live in CT, every thing there is within spittin distance.. ;~)
A typical to work and back trip is 40 miles in Houston. PLUS..!!!! All you
CT folk is rich ain't ya???? I guess we all could be in CA... LOL
I'm in CT, too and my wife drives 52 miles each way to work, and that's
usually in an SUV that get's 18 mpg on a good day. :( The last 3 times
I've filled up I had to pay over $30.
Of course, I only drive 6 miles each way to work, so I'm not really
There are no stupid questions.
There are a LOT of inquisitive idiots.
It cost me $15 to fill up my car. I'll have to fill it up again in late
October or early November.
I probably get worse mileage than that SUV because of some un-fixable
ignition problem, but I only drive an average of 18 miles a week. (Well,
to work and back anyway. I actually drive an average of 2,000 miles a
week, but that's another matter.)
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