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Hillary Hates Guns--except Halliburt-Guns

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Hillary stood steadfast behind her 2002 Iraq War vote. Not until 2014, when she was mulling a run for President did she admit in her book Hard Choices: "I got it wrong. Plain and simple."
The war, of course, was the result of collective fear, greed, and deception, as well as Hillary's penchant to conform to neocon power. As Hillary ascended to the Cabinet, Henry Kissinger rose from the almost dead, with Hillary at the helm as guru for the new version of Vietnam, known as the Iraq War.
What a difference twelve years makes.
For a lot of soldiers, however, it is too late.
By 2012, over four thousand U.S. troops died in Iraq, with a potential cost of up to $6 trillion. A new group, ISIL, now causes havoc in Hillary's playground. Her role as Secretary of State is a disaster--Syria, Libya, Afghanistan--the list goes on--are all essentially destroyed and failed states (which is a sanitized way of saying many-dead-dismembered-and-dying men-women-children). Not to mention refugees.
According to Reuters, the U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest.
If you take into account all the men and women who returned with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress, depression, hearing loss, breathing disorders, diseases, and other long-term health problems, it would be over half a million injured.
Iraqis, who did not start the war, did not attack the US, nor have weapons of mass destruction, suffered an estimated 151,000 to 600,000 killed in the first 4 years of conflict. Lots of dead bodies. After that, apparently, Hillary stopped counting, probably because she is against guns.
Nevertheless, between 2002 and 2005, US forces had expended around six billion bullets By using these figures it works out at around 300,000 bullets per insurgent. That's a lot of bullets. A lot of guns. All approved by Hillary.
But the war was not bad for everybody. Dick Cheney's Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War profits. Of course, they had to work for it: Halliburton paid $4.6 million to politicians via campaign donations and lobbying for 600% gain on contracts since 2000, mostly because of the war in Iraq. It has paid off magnificently.
Halliburton's former subsidiary, however, KBR, is a major construction company in Iraq, and has been involved in numerous controversies, including the Deepwater Horizon explosion. To deal with ongoing investigations, Halliburton decided in 2007 to sell KBR, and move Halliburton's corporate headquarters from Houston to Dubai (while leaving KBR behind in Houston) at a time when KBR was being investigated in the U.S. for bribery, bid rigging, defrauding the military, and illegally profiting in Iran. It divested all of its ownership interest in the scandal-plagued KBR subsidiary, notorious for overcharging the military and serving contaminated food and water to the troops in Iraq.
More than 20 federal lawsuits naming KBR and seeking class-action status were also filed in late 2008 and 2009 over the practice of operating "burn pits" at U.S. bases in both Iraq and Afghanistan and thus exposing soldiers to smoke containing dioxin, asbestos, and other harmful substances.
Although Halliburton will still be incorporated inside the United States, moving its corporate headquarters to UAE will make it easier to avoid accountability from federal investigators. The company has proven adept at using offshore subsidiaries to circumvent restrictions on doing business in Iran and to elude responsibility for paying benefits to former employees. The company together with its KBR unit has been the Pentagon's largest contractor in Iraq.
Dubai's business community was ecstatic about Halliburton's announcement that it would move its headquarters to the city known for its lax or non-existent restrictions on corporations. "Everyone in Dubai, especially the government of Dubai, is ecstatic."
Dubai is a tax-free haven--no corporate or employee taxes. By re-locating its CEO and other top executives to Dubai, Halliburton can argue that a portion of its profits should be attributed to the no-tax jurisdiction.
Hillary criticizes Halliburton's move to Dubai out of one side of her mouth, but the other side is smiling widely about Dubai's contribution to her husband, Bill Clinton, who has been paid $5.625 million since 2011 by Dubai's GEMS Education to lead the company's charity arm. As former President of the United States, Bill is vastly more qualified to receive such money rather than UNICEF (United Nation's Children's Emergency Fund) or other fly-by-night-operations such as the American Red Cross, Save the Children, or Habitat For Humanity.
Tax returns state that Hillary (via Bill) was paid $500,000 by Dubai's GEMS Education in 2011, $1.25 million in 2012, $1.75 million in 2013 and $2.125 million in 2014, amounting to a total of $5.625 million to date. Possibly the Clintons hold dual citizenships in Dubai and are as ecstatic as Halliburton is about Dubai. 2015 taxes have not been revealed.
Maybe by having Halliburton move to Dubai, Hillary thinks she is off-shoring guns. It is a true testimony to gun-hatred. And a profitable one for both Clintons. Hopefully the gun breeches are as impervious to seizing up as Hillary's greased palms.
Come hell, high water, or bullet-riddled offshore American corpses, Hillary has helped move more guns out of America than any living person. Often to the wrong people. Apparently, she has replaced holsters full of guns with her own pockets full of money.
To a remotely ethical person, this could seem an egregious conflict of interest. Even bribery at its worst. Not to Bill. Never to Hill'ry. And certainly not to the DNC.
Need I say Bernie Sanders voted against the Iraq War?

(Article changed on April 12, 2016 at 18:08)

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