Coin of the Realm: The Elite's Long History of Corruption and Betrayal

Same as it ever was: elitist fat-cats – sorry, well-connected, respectable businessmen – playing both sides to skim the rich, red cream of blood money sluicing through the backrooms of governments at war. You can see it today in Congressional hearings on the gargantuan corruption of George W. Bush's criminal rampage in Iraq – but it was there in the very beginning, as Mark Scaramella of the Anderson Valley Advertiser reports in a terrific piece in CounterPunch: Our Founding War Profiteers. It's an excellent, detailed slice of our largely hidden history, with a twist ending that surprises and appals in equal measure. Worth reading in full.