Surprise! Bush's sudden interest in flu prevention will make Rumsfeld stinking rich
Rumsfeld's stake in the company that makes Tamiflu, Gilead Research, is estimated at between $5 million and $25 million. Escalating fears about a flu pandemic over the past six months have sent Gilead's stock from $35 to $47, making Rumsfeld at least $1 million richer.
The upshot: Rumsfeld, Bush, et al, have a very large stake not in keeping us healthy, but in keeping us scared of getting sick. Kind of like keeping us scared of terrorism...
(Thanks to Eric Dickey for the scoop.)