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Friday, July 14, 2006

War Profiteers

Too Little, Too Late? Or The Neo-Con Tenet

Army to End Expansive, Exclusive Halliburton Deal
...Halliburton had exclusive rights to provide the military with a wide range of work that included keeping soldiers around the world fed, sheltered and in communication with friends and family back home. Government audits turned up more than $1 billion in questionable costs. Whistle-blowers told how the company charged $45 per case of soda, double-billed on meals and allowed troops to bathe in contaminated water.
Now that we have reduced Iraq to civil and theological war, killed tens of thousands of its civilians in the name of "democracy, freedom and human rights", allowed tainted contractors to loot 90% of the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund - we declare the reconstruction effort to be "winding down", and that "the Iraqi government will have to find its own contractors to do the work, which includes tackling a large number of projects left undone by the United States."

France predicted exactly this scenario in 2001, and they have been utterly vindicated - while the US administration continues to display an amazing degree of dimwittedness; apparently still gleefully envisioning the entire region devolving into war and chaos while contributing to that end.

And explain to me again how killing tens of thousands of people in the name of deposing an impotent ruler who killed 1240 people 18 years ago has been moral or justified?

While I remain steadfast in my belief that we had no business invading Iraq AT ALL, shouldn't any reconstruction been handled by the Iraqis from day one? Who has more of an interest in providing an appropriate and efficient infrastructure - crony fat-cat US corporations or Iraqi citizens?

Now that there remains a pittance of profit to be had, we open the doors to competitive bidding and declare the reconstruction effort complete.

Gee, what are friends for. Stupid, greedy friends at that.

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