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Army to End Expansive, Exclusive Halliburton Deal

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  • Army to End Expansive, Exclusive Halliburton Deal

    In case, anyone missed this....

    By Griff Witte
    Washington Post Staff Writer


    The Army is discontinuing a controversial multibillion-dollar deal with oil services giant Halliburton Co. to provide logistical support to U.S. troops worldwide, a decision that could cut deeply into the firm's dominance of government contracting in Iraq.

    The choice comes after several years of attacks from critics who saw the contract as a symbol of politically connected corporations profiteering on the war.

    Under the 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.

    Halliburton officials have denied the allegations strenuously. Army officials yesterday defended the company's performance but also acknowledged that reliance on a single contractor left the government vulnerable.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...071101459.html
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    Was not the actual vice president of the united states a high level executive of Halliburton Co or something like that ....

    Excuse me but as a frenchman, i can err ...... and it is evident that if it is the case, this vioce president would not use his mandate for promoting private interests.

    Cans more versed minds enligthen me ?

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    • #3
      Some amount of sanity may be returning to my country!

      Morgan, I wish I could give you a good explanation about how Cheney's involvement with Haliburton does not create a conflict of interest (or abuse of power), but I cannot seem to find one.

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      • #4
        It is always and everywhere the same song .. In France we are not examples from this point of view. the problem is that there are too much links beetwen business, high level civil service and politicians

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        • #5
          Forget links between them. In the States, we often can't tell the difference between business, civil service, and politics.

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          • #6
            I guess that' s natural : money and power go so finely together !

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Morgan Kane
              Was not the actual vice president of the united states a high level executive of Halliburton Co or something like that ....

              Excuse me but as a frenchman, i can err ...... and it is evident that if it is the case, this vioce president would not use his mandate for promoting private interests.

              Cans more versed minds enligthen me ?
              Yes, Dick Cheney is a Haliburton executive.

              Rules are that while holding office, a person must release all voting control of stock and have all funds placed in escrow. IOW, elected officials cannot be seen to be profiting from businesses they were previously connected.

              BTW, President Bush own the baseball team the Texas Rangers, a lumber company, lots of oil fields, and a bunch of other stuff.

              But no one can say they "profit" from it. Not even if oil hits $80/bbl.
              Miqque
              ... just another sailor on the seas of Fate, dogpaddling desperately ...

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              • #8
                Miqque Wrote
                Not even if oil hits $80/bbl.
                I was going to post a thread about fuel prices today but youve saved me the trouble.I went to get gas for my lawnmower this am and the price was up to $5.64 a gallon.For Suck Fake I dont want to mainline the stuff I just want to cut my grass.I know that everyone in Europe will be saying "whats he whining about" but over here thats a pretty hefty price tag.The US has lower fuel prices than we do.The kick in the ass of it all is that around 80% of the cost per gallon is probably tax!!

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