Well, well, well, that evil bald head surfaces again!The military forces of the United States are in trouble, and it’s not just because they are being used as pawns in Bu$hCo’s game of world domination. It’s because they are being “privatized” right out of existence. We need to ask, why is this happening, and is this is a good idea.
You don’t have to investigate the push for privatization very far before you run across a couple of familiar names—Dick Cheney and Halliburton.
“In 1992, the Pentagon, under [then Secretary of Defense] Cheney, commissioned the Halliburton subsidiary Brown & Root to do a classified study on whether it was a good idea to have private contractors do more of the military's work. Of course, they said it's a terrific idea, and over the next eight years, Kellogg, Brown & Root and another company got 2,700 contracts worth billions of dollars.”--Charles Lewis, executive director of the Center For Public Integrity, on 60 Minutes, 9/21/03
• “Whenever US troops venture abroad, Brown and Root builds the barracks, cooks the food, mops the floors, transports the goods and maintains the water systems before and after the soldiers arrive.”-- People's Weekly World Newspaper, 12/14/02Don't forget to vote this year.“[A General Accounting Office] 1997 report concluded that the Army allowed KBR to fly in plywood from the United States, at a cost of $85.98 a sheet, because it did not have time to procure it in Europe, where sheets cost $14.06.”-- New York Times, 7/13/02
• “U.S. troops [are] being exposed to filthy mess halls and rotten food, according to official Pentagon inspection reports…For this ‘service,’ Halliburton charges $28 for each meal that it serves to over 100,000 troops each day.”-- Executive Intelligence Review, 12/26/03
• “KBR is charging Iraq US$180,000 for each school they renovate. They then give the project to Iraqi sub-contractors and pay them just US$20,000 to do the job. So KBR nets US$160,000 just like that. KBR is getting everything. You know, of course, they are connected to the higher-ups in Washington. So what do you want me to think?”-- Fares Mohamad, frustrated Iraqi citizen, quoted in a newswire report, Portland Independent Media Center, 12/7/03