Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Stockwell Day : Contracting out counterterrorism

NaPo : Private sector could help boost security at home, abroad : Day
"Canada is considering greater use of public-private partnerships to help bolster security both in Afghanistan and here at home, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day told a counterterrorism conference Tuesday.
Already Canadian troops in Afghanistan are housed at the Kandahar Airfield base run by Kellogg, Brown and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, the company U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney used to run.
Halliburton has been awarded close to US$10-billion in contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq."
Jesus Christ, NaPo.

First - Kellogg, Brown, and Root is no longer a subsidiary of Halliburton.
Houston Chronicle April 5, 2007 : KBR is officially out on its own
"Oil-field-services giant Halliburton Co. said Thursday it had finally broken ties with KBR, its contracting, engineering and construction unit, which had been a part of the company for 44 years."

But what matters is why :
"The company announced its plans in January 2005 to cut ties with KBR, the largest U.S. contractor in Iraq. The unit had been a drag on Halliburton's earnings and image."

Repeat - The largest US contractor in Iraq, a drag on Halliburton's earnings.
Yeah, let's give them a contract with our government then.

Second - Halliburton's contracts in Iraq are now way over US$10-billion.
Possibly you are thinking of the $8.8 billion that went missing altogether for the reconstruction of Iraq, $1.5 billion of which went to Halliburton.
Or maybe the $110 million that KBR were awarded to build that huge US embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Or the up to $500 million they were awarded as part of their contract with the US Navy to clean up after Hurricane Katrina.
Or however much they saved for serving tainted food and contaminated water to US troops in Iraq.

Third - How dare you blithely toss a little boost for these incompetant war profiteers into an article in which not even Day has the gall to mention them.
Unless of course you just neglected to mention that part.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

27 سال در جهت افزودن به کیسه سرمایه داران کارگر ایرانی در حاشیه قرار داده شد و نجس های افغانی با یک سوم دستمزد در ایران استخدام و پول نفت ایران در حلقوم کثیف افغان سرازیر شد.

سنده خوک تو کس ننه افغانستانیهای مقیم ایران.
Gohome Afghanian workers outside of Iran.

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