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"CWALKER" Americans at War= Paid In Full (War Still Pays)
« on: April 03, 2003, 11:10:49 AM »
Halliburton misses $600m Iraq contract

Mark Tran
Monday March 31, 2003

Halliburton, the company once headed by the US vice-president, Dick Cheney, has failed to make the shortlist for an American government contract to rebuild Iraq, it emerged today.
Halliburton, an oil services company, was one of five companies invited by the US agency for international development (USAid) to bid for a $600m (£381m) contract to rebuild Iraq's basic infrastructure.

Only US companies were invited to bid, to the fury of British industrialists and unions, who pointed out that British troops are fighting alongside American soldiers.

The five companies also had close ties to the Bush administration, sparking accusations that the White House was returning favours for generous political campaign contributions.

Allegations of unduly cozy ties between the Bush administration and corporate benefactors has dogged the White House, going back to the scandal over Enron, the failed energy company.

Last week, Richard Perle, a leading US hawk, stepped down as chairman of the Defence Policy Board, a Pentagon advisory panel. His move followed allegations of a conflict of interest given his relationship with Global Crossing - a telecommunications firm that had sought his help in winning government approval for a deal with an Asian firm.

As for Halliburton, USAid has confirmed a Newsweek report that the company is not on the shortlist of two companies to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure. What is not clear is whether Halliburton's bid was uncompetitive or whether it was withdrawn because of unfavourable publicity.

A UN official told Newsweek that the bad publicity for Halliburton made the deal more trouble than it was worth, as the company depends on a lot of oil-related business in the Arab world, which is overwhelmingly against the war in Iraq.

"That kind of political interest was not in their corporate interests," the UN official said. The five US companies invited to bid for the infrastructure deal were Halliburton, Bechtel, Fluor, Parsons and Louis Berger.

Under the war budget request that President George Bush sent to Congress last week, USAid will receive $2.4bn for humanitarian as well as reconstruction aid.

Aside from the construction project, the agency has been soliciting bids on helping to restore Iraq's public health service, administering its airports, printing textbooks and training teachers.

The scale of the work has astonished experts who have examined the plans.

"We are embarking on a very aggressive effort, both figuratively and literally, at nation-building - far, far bigger than anything we have seen since the Marshall Plan," said Steven Kelman, a professor of public management at Harvard's John F Kennedy School of Government.

Rebuilding Iraq's infrastructure after war and years of sanctions will be a mammoth task and companies are eager to win contracts in an industry suffering from the global economic slowdown.

Some analysts estimate that the final bill for rebuilding and improving Iraq would be roughly equivalent to the operating budget of a US state with a comparable population. Texas, with 22 million people, has a budget of $57bn.

As construction companies position themselves for lucrative contracts, the rebuilding of Iraq has already emerged as a politically contentious issue. Tony Blair is at odds with the Bush administration on wanting the UN to take the lead role in running and reconstructing the country once the war ends. But administration hawks argue that the spoils of war should go to American companies as the US is bearing the brunt of the war effort.

In a possible foretaste of what is to come, the US and Britain clashed on who should rebuild the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr. USAid awarded a $4.8m to rebuild Iraq's only deep water port, which is under British military control, to an American company, Stevedoring Services of America.

Britain argued in favour of returning the port to local control to win Iraqi confidence.



 

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Re:"CWALKER" Americans at War= Paid In Full (War Still Pays)
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2003, 02:10:58 PM »
THANKS PROPS

GOOD POST

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Re:"CWALKER" Americans at War= Paid In Full (War Still Pays)
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2003, 03:56:51 PM »
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Rebuilding Iraq's infrastructure after war and years of sanctions will be a mammoth task and companies are eager to win contracts in an industry suffering from the global economic slowdown



I was  just talking about this on my group's forum board and I forgot the name of Cheney's "former" company. I wonder why Walker or other pro-war members havn't replied to this thread? Many big industrial companies here in Amerikkka are suffering and closing down especially the steel industry, what a way for corporations like Halliburton to stay out the red. Just link up with the VP and get an inside deal on a huge contract. Amerikkkan foreign policy, you got to love it  ;D
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2003, 04:39:19 PM »
I wonder why Walker or other pro-war members havn't replied to this thread?

It seems to be common practice for warhawks and over-zealous patriots to ignore the truth if it puts their interests and beliefs in doubt.

Thanks for the article Cavalier
 

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2003, 05:14:51 PM »
Good post.  I read it said, "printing textbooks".  I'm sure those textbooks that will teach Iraq that the US is the center of civilization and the world leader in all that is good.

Let's look at 3 presidents I was taught were in the top 5-10 greatest American leaders when I was in school.

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Andrew Jackson.  He is one of the world's greatest war criminals.  He exacted genocide on the Native American's all but exterminating their existence in America.  

Or what about Harry S. Truman.  He is considered a hero for sitting behind a desk and mass murdering the Japanese with an atomic bomb.

Or how about J. Edgar Hoover.  This racist pig authorized wire taps and survelliance on Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

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What they need to do is right the textbooks from the Native American's perspective.  And then later from the slaves perspective.  The Natives are the real American's.  And the slaves were the ones upon whose backs this country was biult.
 

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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2003, 05:30:41 PM »
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What they need to do is right the textbooks from the Native American's perspective.  And then later from the slaves perspective.  The Natives are the real American's.  And the slaves were the ones upon whose backs this country was biult.

And those of non-dark skinned people in Amerikkka have taken advantage of the genocidal acts committed by those who committed such acts.


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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2003, 01:31:42 AM »
get a grip or go back to africa  ::)

if you wont show so much fuck attitudes things would be alright soon.

best example tech n9ne compared to mc ren.

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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2003, 10:52:38 AM »
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get a grip or go back to africa  ::)

does the mods of this board accept racist replies like this? Or do they spend their time talking about Spelling Bee's and how many colleges want them at age 15? It's one thing to have political or religious differences, but that is just plain ignorance.
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2003, 04:28:07 PM »
u bitch just dont get it

you shouldnt talk the talk if you cant walk the walk

and fo walkin tha walk you should understand what I'm sayin

if ma shit's racist his is too

1. lesson: reversed discrimination isnt better than original discrimination

2. lesson: I aint discriminatin shit

3. lessen: shut it
Cause I don't care where I belong no more
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