Bush argued in 2004 that the best way to grow the U.S. economy was by waging war

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by OPTIONAL777, May 28, 2010.

  1. Updated: 05-28-10 01:21 PM

    President George W. Bush argued in 2004 that the best way to grow the U.S. economy was by waging war, according to former Argentine Prime Minister Néstor Kirchner.

    Kirchner, in a meeting with Bush, suggested that the United States replicate the successful nation-building strategy it implemented at the end of World War II.

    "And he stood up from his chair and got angry. He told me, 'A Marshall plan! No! That's a crazy idea from the Democrats. What needs to be done here, and the best way to revitalize the economy is -- the United States has grown based on wars,' he told me. That's what he told me," Kirchner recounted.

    Bush added, said Kirchner, that "all the economic growth that the U.S. had had, had been based on the different wars it had waged."

    The former Argentine leader, whose wife now heads the country, made the comments in an interview with Oliver Stone for his upcoming documentary "South Of the Border."

    The film is co-written by Tariq Ali, a British intellectual, and Mark Weisbrot of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Economic and Policy Research. The film opens in theaters June 25th.

    Kirchner held a 50-minute meeting in Monterrey, Mexico with Bush in January, 2004.

    The charge startled even Oliver Stone. "War? He said that?" Stone asked Kirchner, who was among a wave of progressive leaders elected in Latin America over the last decade.

    "He said that, word for word," Kirchner assured Stone.

    Stone followed up: "Is he suggesting that Latin America should go to war?"

    No, said Kirchner. "Well, he was talking about the United States, never said South America. That the United States -- that it was a misunderstanding of the Democrats, that all the economic growth that the U.S. had had, had been based on the different wars it had waged."

    The Kirchner interview is done through a translator and the subtitles on the screen don't exactly match what Kirchner was saying, but more closely reflect how his comments were being translated at the time. The Huffington Post had three separate native Spanish speakers translate Kirchner's remarks. His comments above are the result of those translations.

    If Kirchner is accurately relaying the comments, that would make Bush the highest-ranking public official to state outright that war is and has been good for the American economy.
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    Yeah, that's the problem with those countries over in the middle east. They're too peace loving. That's why their economies stink and they live in poverty.
  3. reference?
  4. No...with fighting their wars for them for Oil. Our blood and treasure is sacrificed for the Saudi lifestyle. Why...for the love of God....Why.

  5. War funded by deficit spending to secure ( read steal) foreign natural resources under-pinned by patriotic and religious fervor is a unwritten law of the G-O-P platform.

    Reagan with his SnL bailouts and his hidden South American war that devastated most of Central America started the entire house of cards that is now the current economic collapse.

    The G-O-P platform: Socialism for the Wealthy and Capitalism for the poor.

    I already hit on this on my thread. The language might be a little crude, but I'm talking at their level. Abuse is the only language they understand.


    Don't expect the southern G-O-P "base" to wise up and clamor for change. They know full well what is going on. The G-O-P base don't make enough to pay taxes. It's not their money, why should they care.

    The G-O-P southern "base", along with the Midwest farm subsidized states, elect the same people who think exactly like them. That's why southern republican politicians can diddle little boys and still be re-elected. The politician gets on Fox opinion central and says, "wink wink" , Lord forgive me for I have sinned against little boys, " wink wink". And viola, he's back re-elected into office next year. No need to wonder why the southern states are right up there with African countries when it comes to education and corruption in govt.

    They knew full well Bush was lying about the WMD's. It's a "wink wink" thing with them. There's no outrage that Bush lied and Americans got killed. The base is actually pretty smug about it.

    But good grief, look at their manufactured outrage once the rest of America vote for change. Not a SINGLE issue they are "outraged" about makes any sense.

    As I postulate on my thread, the G-O-P base is satanic in nature. They are not true Christians. These are the same people who would have no problem calling blacks monkeys and since the Bible speaks nothing of monkeys, enslaving blacks does not go against Christianity. Their logic is perverted and twisted to the extreme. Anyone who believes that human walked and hunted dinosaurs for food can be led to believe anything.

    We end up with shit like "Stay the Course". ie, we know you're fucking up, but we have "FAITH" in you because you tell us you speak with god regularly. Stupid people. Stupid leaders. Destroyed nation.

    It's like the current text-book controversy in Texas. These bastards want to put into text-books that WAR IS GOOD FOR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES. The Southern GOP base, where ignorance and stupidity is worn as a badge of honor, is a huge problem and is the cause of the current economic mess we are in. There will be another civil war and this time these people will have to be eradicated like sewer rats.

    These people are like the Afghan taliban. Blind religious hatred has made them incurably stupid. And congenital stupidity can not be cured.
  6. Thanks.