J.K. Galbraith: Corporate Power is the Driving Force behind US Foreign Policy - and the Slaughter in Iraq

Published on Thursday, July 15, 2004 by the Guardian / United Kingdom

J.K. Galbraith: Corporate Power is the Driving Force behind US Foreign Policy - and the Slaughter in Iraq
A Cloud over Civilization

At the end of the second world war, I was the director for overall effects of the United States strategic bombing survey - USBUS, as it was known. I led a large professional economic staff in assessment of the industrial and military effects of the bombing of Germany. The strategic bombing of German industry, transportation and cities, was gravely disappointing. Attacks on factories that made such seemingly crucial components as ball bearings, and even attacks on aircraft plants, were sadly useless. With plant and machinery relocation and more determined management, fighter aircraft production actually increased in early 1944 after major bombing. In the cities, the random cruelty and death inflicted from the sky had no appreciable effect on war production or the war. (Sigue)

Common Dreams News Center, 16/07/04