Hat Tip to Riehl World View. (http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2009/04/why-is-blue-state-digital-in-iraq.html)
Yesterday, we learned that the State Department had flown a delegation of new media experts to Iraq to consult with government officials and entrepreneurs on digital technology. The delegation made sense for several reasons, including the vast amount of digital talent that had been assembled. However, we couldn’t understand why Blue State Digital was in Iraq? This was a company that unlike AT&T, Twitter, Google, MeetUp and Wired, was relatively unknown and not an industry leader in really anything.
It was then discovered that Blue State Digital is the official digital arm of the Democratic National Committee, Obama for America, and countless other liberal organizations, trade unions and political candidates. So why did they merit the distinction of serving in this delegation over say, GoDaddy.com executives, or other non-partisan website developers? Hoping it wasn’t about securing government funded contracts and business for a political pal, we waited to hear the reason. Today we have an answer.
Reporting on the ground in Iraq is Wired.com Senior Writer Steven Levy (http://blog.wired.com/business/2009/04/in-iraq-with-we.html) who says:
[the State Department] hopes that a few of the companies will follow up and work out some technology exchanges or collaborations with Iraqis, beginning a process that will play at least some part in bootstrapping the bottomed-out situation into something approaching a 21st Century economy.
So, this is indeed about government contracts and business prospecting at the expense of taxpayers for the President’s campaign buddies.
The Blue Digital Client List includes:
Democratic National Committee
Obama for America
Richardson for President
Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA)
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
Bill Thompson for Mayor (New York City)
More than 20 other Federal and state electoral campaigns
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Communication Workers of America (CWA)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Oh, this is delicious irony. The same group of frothing moonbats who had aneurisms over fighting Islamic terrorism on its own turf, is now investing in the success. I’m waiting for the DailyKos and HuffPo asshats to squawk about ‘war profiteering’.