September 19, 2003

Clinton sweetheart deal with Halliburton...

Rich Lowry pours a cold bucket of facts and truth on the smears against the Halliburton Corporation. It won't make any difference to the scoundrels who are deliberately spreading lies. But perhaps you RJ readers will be interested:

...The Clinton administration made the same calculation in its own dealings with Halliburton. The company had won the LOGCAP in 1992, then lost it in 1997. The Clinton administration nonetheless awarded a no-bid contract to Halliburton to continue its work in the Balkans supporting the U.S. peacekeeping mission there because it made little sense to change midstream. According to Byron York, Al Gore's reinventing-government panel even singled out Halliburton for praise for its military logistics work...
"...the U.S. Army Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, or LOGCAP... is a multiyear contract for a corporation to be on call to provide whatever services might be needed quickly..." Halliburton has frequently been the low-bidder on LOGCAP, and both no-bid contracts were been made in the context of many Halliburton low bids to do exactly the same things. The idea that Dick Cheney just tossed a crony contract to his old firm is rubbish spread by toads who get to sleep quietly at night because decent Americans like Mr Cheney and the folks at Halliburton roll up their sleeves and tackle horrible problems in faraway places. And if they are well-paid for it, good! They deserve it. It doesn't look to me like they are nearly as overpaid as the NGO's and multinational institutions that the snivelers would prefer.

And imagine if the expected massive oil-field fires had actually occurred, and our response had been delayed for even a week by red tape. How the Bush haters would have crowed about the Administration's "lack of planning."

(via Betsy Newmark)

Posted by John Weidner at September 19, 2003 11:32 AM
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