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It was the oil all along

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It’s not something that comes across mainstream media often, so I’m relieved to hear someone admitting that the Iraq war was really only about the oil.

Here’s the full story from Bill Moyers.

Now, for those of you who were following this story, you’ll know that this ‘news’ came out a couple of weeks ago. I have to admit that I’ve been delinquent with my posts, mainly in an effort to get my book climax out (read here for more details).

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 61 (Garamond on 888)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 61 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index

August 7, 2008

“If I’m guilty of one sin, it’s my love of Arithmomancy,” Garamond exclaimed to Hadlock as he swirled a glass of 18 year-old Lagavulin scotch. They were on their way from the airport to the OMNINet building and were driving over the 59th Street Bridge. The two were reclining in the back of their custom-made Mercedes limousine, stocked with booze, entertainment, and leather seats.

“Whatever you say, sir,” Hadlock whispered sarcastically under his breath. Before Garamond could ask what he had said, Simon spoke up, “I’m not sure I know what you mean.”

“Some say that Arithmomancy, or numerology to most other people, is akin to witchcraft, but I think God was a great fan of numbers and math because they are everywhere.”

“Do you mean ‘is’?” Hadlock suggested.

“Of course. Of course,” Garamond said, mildly acknowledging his mistake.

“Speaking of numbers, we should discuss the allocation of our deposits with the Central Banks of Indonesia and Morocco. They are quite anxious to make sure that they have taken care of all of our requirements, given that we’ve transferred the economic equivalent of about half of the world’s GDP.”

“All in good time, Simon,” Garamond interrupted. “Allow me a few moments of peace before we talk about our wealth. Allow me this moment to do my monologue, if you don’t mind.” Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 55 (Greyrock – Bringing it Home, II)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 55 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index

“You’ll be in charge of a very special unit,” one stuffy looking old man said to him from across the hall.

It was still light out and the meeting that Len Daniels was invited to had assumed a formal feel very quickly. All of the chit chat and murmuring stopped quickly when a single person came to the door and clapped a very old and dusty looking book. Daniels tried to see what it was, but there were too many people around him to get a good look. He also knew that all of his actions were being closely monitored. If he looked like he was trying too hard or showed any sign of doing something out of turn, the group would become silent and he’d ruin his initiation, which is what he suspected this was. Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 53 (Greyrock – Bringing it Home)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 53 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index

August 5, 2008

In Washington, a surprisingly large number of senior government officials have been working on a strict privatization plan for decades. Over the past 50 years, key players have been passionate about the need to integrate the private sector with government spending. 9/11 and the Iraq war became major jumping points for putting these plans into action.

The Tri-X IPO was the most recent shining example of the level of influence that this new economy held over the rest of America. Companies that produced more bodies than revenue were being heralded as the future of the United States and they were being rewarded for it. Everyone wanted to be a part of these ‘rising stars’, from pension managers right down to Joe-six-pack who saw this kind of investment as a great way to ‘support the troops’. Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 42 (Greyrock: Afghan Mission)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 42 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index .

“I’ll remind you of your oath of confidence before we have this discussion,” Velasquez stated factually.

Instantly and without pause, Daniels responded “My soul is yours,” the standard statement that all Greyrock employees rehearsed and promised to their peers and commanders when reminded of their commitments. It was a blanket statement that was meant to remind all employees of their excruciating indoctrination process and what would happen if they disobeyed orders.

“We’re taking our model to the States,” Max Velasquez said, as Len Daniels entered his office. The office was a make-shift centre that Velasquez, an ex-Major from the Marines, used when he was in Kandahar. He hated it because it was nothing like his posh office complex in Virginia, but sometimes a few sacrifices had to made in the interest of making money. Continue reading