July 08, 2004


John Edwards -- war profiteer!

During the buildup and aftermath of the Iraq war, Edwards bought and sold stock in several defense contractors, including Lockheed Martin, United Technologies, General Electric, British Petroleum, and General Dynamics.

Over to you, Michael Moore.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 8, 2004 07:42 PM

I would be pretty pissed to share a name with that "speaking to the dead" crackpot. Although it offers some advantages think of the headlines:

Abe Lincoln urges people to vote for Kerry.
Nixon urges people to vote for Bush.
John Lennon cuts Kerry's new campaign tune.

will the horrors never cease?

Posted by: Rob at July 8, 2004 at 08:46 PM

And he made $50,000 selling Caterpillar stock! War profiteer and Rachel Corey killer!

It just gets kookier and kookier on the left.

Posted by: CurrencyLad at July 8, 2004 at 09:30 PM

Hey its not cheap being a poor mill worker.

Posted by: Le clerc at July 8, 2004 at 09:40 PM

Some other investments of Senator Edwards are coming under scrutiny, which help us to take the measure of the man:

In 2003, as he sought the presidency, Edwards pledged to take the fight to "big corporations, pharmaceutical companies, big insurance companies, big HMOs." But what he didn't tell his audiences is that at the same time he was investing his own money in big corporations - big foreign corporations.

How do we know this? We can peruse Edwards' 2003 senatorial disclosure forms, reprinted in yesterday's USA Today. On page five of the paper is a list of Edwards' assets, including a holding worth between $1 and $5 million - that's the deliberately obscuring style of "full-disclosure" forms - in "American EuroPacific Growth Fund." Actually, once we look at the prospectus, we learn that it's really the "EuroPacific Growth Fund." And that's honest billing; on page eight, the prospectus tells readers, "Normally, the fund will invest at least 80 percent of its assets in securities of issuers located in Europe and the Pacific Basin."

Posted by: rexie at July 8, 2004 at 11:00 PM

On the news tonight, there was the usual report on the Edwards ascension. One bit made my eyes bulge. Mrs Edwards grabbed the microphone and said something to the effect of " I would like to thank John (Kerry) and Theresa (Heinz-Kerry)for ...... allowing us to be part of/choosing us, I can't remember.

Shit, is this how democracy works? Mrs Kerry deins who could effectively become the next VP of the US?

Who makes the decisions? Who deserves the 'thanks'? Who is being elected?

And they laughed at Nancy Reagan.

Posted by: nic at July 8, 2004 at 11:05 PM

Moore would hit the Saudi angle in the story, not the war profiteering.

"The $3.52 million offer was from a public relations specialist hired by Saudi Arabia to influence Congress and the public after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Edwards, who at the time was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee that was investigating Saudi and U.S. terrorism lapses, said he learned months after the offer was made... that registered foreign agent Michael Petruzzello worked for Saudi Arabia."

Think about it. Edwards had a multi-million dollar offer made by a registered agent of Saudi Arabia in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks while he was sitting on the Senate Intelligence Committee. As a Senator, the American people pay him only $157,000 per year, while the Saudis offered him personally $3.5 million. So when Edwards wakes up in the morning, does John Edwards think about what's good for Americans, (*hushed-Michael Moore conspiratorial whisper*) or what's good for his friends the Saudis?

(I think I do fairly well at this conspiracy mongering/propaganda stuff.)

Posted by: dorkafork at July 9, 2004 at 12:34 AM

Shame on all of you! John Kerry, John Edwards, and Michael Moore are all protectors of the common man, truth, justice, the American way, mom, apple pie, the girl next door, SUV's, and timely investing in the stock market.

I feel better now.

Posted by: zzx375 at July 9, 2004 at 12:37 AM

"He pulled in verdicts and settlements worth some $150 million - a large chunk of which he pocketed - and recently sold his Washington home to the government of Hungary for $3 million."

"Edwards... sold his Washington home last year for $3 million, $800,000 more than he paid for it in 1999."

It would take Edwards 5 years working as a Senator to make $800,000. Does John Edwards think about what's good for Americans, or what's good for the government of Hungary? Do we really want the Hungarians controlling America's foreign policy?

(All my facts are 100% accurate, unless they're wrong, in which case I'm a satirist.)

Posted by: dorkafork at July 9, 2004 at 12:41 AM

Well, I guess we know which of his "two Americas" Edwards has firmly planted his feet in. No wonder I was so nauseated by his class warfare rhetoric. Funny how the ones advocating to soak the rich are often the very same who won't miss any chance to make a buck.

Posted by: PW at July 9, 2004 at 01:34 AM

"Capitalism for some, tax hikes for all!"

It's the rich politician version of your average anti-war type, mewling about oppression and "blood for oil" and imperialism while knowing, fully well, that their whole lifestyle depends upon same.

Posted by: rick mcginnis at July 9, 2004 at 07:43 AM

When do politicians disclose their holdings? Because they get much better returns than most of us.

Posted by: aaron at July 9, 2004 at 09:26 AM

I'm stealing this:

(All my facts are 100% accurate, unless they're wrong, in which case I'm a satirist.)

Posted by: Internet Viking at July 11, 2004 at 04:00 AM

Not to mention that Edwards was on the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time (still is, btw). No conflict there. If Cheney had done the same thing, the media still wouldn't have cared. Uh, right?

Posted by: ras at July 11, 2004 at 05:37 PM