Not so long ago, the anti-war left and the media (but I repeat myself) were all outraged, OUTRAGED over the Iraq War and ChimpyBu$Hitler’s evil overlord, Darth Cheney, were (allegedly) lining their pockets over the misery of others.
We all by now know that Dick Cheney retired from the Pentagon in 1993 to accede to the throne of Halliburton, an oil field services company based in Houston. Under Mr. Cheney’s reign, Halliburton acquired Dresser Industries which included the Kellogg Company (the K of KBR), a major engineering firm. True to form, Mr. Cheney’s acquisition did not include much due diligence. After Mr. Cheney left Halliburton with tens of millions of dollars in his pocket largely earned because of his connections to Middle East dictators, Halliburton had to cough up $2.3 billion in cash, about $1.2 billion in stock and another $55 million in IOUs to help pay off the tens of thousands of people in this country who had suffered and/or died of asbestos poisoning at the hand of Dresser, which Mr. Cheney had acquired and for which Mr. Cheney was (and apparently still is) handsomely compensated. If this sounds a bit like Mr. Cheney’s due diligence with respect to weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, it should. He never bothered to look at what Dresser had before he bought it for Halliburton and he never bothered to look at what Iraq had before he broke it for the U.S.
As Messrs. Cheney and Rumsfeld planned the war in Iraq beginning during the first year of the Bush Administration, Mr. Cheney’s Halliburton was the contractor of choice to do the work that the military had always done in past wars. This time, though, the war would be privatized to suit the ideology and obfuscation of the Bush team, which wanted to pretend that the number of people we’d need in Iraq would be small (so outsource it) and that the government can be privatized (so outsource it to friends).
No word if they signed the contracts with blood literally squeezed out of the veins of the children of Mosul or not, but we must, as responsible journalists, assume that was the case.
Flash forward 7 years, and the Democrats have spent BILLIONs on failed government loans to “green” energy companies and Al Gore sold out to MidEast Oil sheiks later, both of which is TOTALLY different than what Cheney did(n’t do), because shut up, that’s why.
Now, after all of that, we get to see what war profiteering is REALLY like.
A millionaire businessman conned buyers around the world into thinking novelty golf ball finders were bomb detectors.
Jim McCormick, 56, was found guilty at London’s Old Bailey today of three counts of fraud after jurors heard the devices did not work.
McCormick made an estimated £50 million from sales of his three models to Iraq, Belgium and even the United Nations for use in Lebanon.
But, the court heard, the Advanced Selection Equipment devices had no scientific basis and were based on a £13 American novelty golf ball finder.
Some of the detectors were sold for £27,000 each and McCormick is thought to have made about £37 million from sales to Iraq alone.
I wonder how many British soldiers have been killed or maimed by McCormick’s mendaciousness, and others in Great Britain are wishing that drawing and quartering was still the law of the land?
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April 27th, 2013 by exurbankevin