“Almost unconsciously, we begin to think of justice for the rich and human rights for the poor. Justice for the corporate world, human rights for its victims.”
Arundhati Roy, accepting the Sydney Peace Prize, offers choice criticism of the Bechtel Group:
Time was when weapons were manufactured in order to fight wars. Now wars are manufactured in order to sell weapons.
Former Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger was a Bechtel general counsel. Former Deputy Secretary of Energy, W. Kenneth Davis was Bechtel’s vice president. Riley Bechtel, the company chairman, is on the President’s Export Council. Jack Sheehan, a retired marine corps general, is a senior vice president at Bechtel and a member of the US Defense Policy Board. Former Secretary of State George Shultz, who is on the Board of Directors of the Bechtel Group, was the chairman of the advisory board of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq.
Bechtel has successfully sued war-torn Iraq for ‘war reparations’ and ‘lost profits’. It has been awarded 7 million dollars.
So, all you young management graduates don’t bother with Harvard and Wharton – here’s the Lazy Manager’s Guide to Corporate Success:
- First, stock your Board with senior government servants.
- Next, stock the government with members of your board.
- Add oil and stir.