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America's imperialist plans
Naomi Klein in the May 2 edition of The Nation magazine writes of a new office, associated with the U.S. State Department: Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, headed by former ambassador to Ukraine, Carlos Pascual. Its charge is to draw up plans for reconstruction of countries that are not yet in conflict. "According to Pascual, it will also be able to coordinate three full-scale reconstruction operations in different countries 'at the same time,' each lasting 'five to seven years.'" There are currently 25 countries on the watch list of this agency--25 countries for which we are drawing up plans for reconstruction after these countries are visited by a disaster, either an act of God (like tsunamis) or an act of Bush (on orders from God, Klein quips).
While no one would argue with disaster plans for natural happenings, is it not disturbing that our government is making such plans for post-war scenarios, in places that are not currently at war? In places that pose no threat to us?
And is no one else troubled by the idea that we have the resources to rebuild several different countries at the same time, for periods of 5 to 7 years? Has Iraq not taught us any lessons, not the least of which are fiscal ones?