February 6, 2004

slimed...

When our Lefty pals dump their usual choking gas of lies and insinuations over the Administration and our military, the Blogosphere gets busy debunking them. But the lies come back again and again, and even if they don't there is left a sort of bathtub ring of doubt and ugliness.

One of the lies that has been repeatedly debunked is the "crony-capitalism" of the Halliburton Corporation. Halliburton is doing the same things now that they did under the last few administrations...because they are good at them, that's their specialty. And their profits are not all that large, and the contracts are given by career bureaucrats, not politicians.

Debunking doesn't matter, the Josh Marshallish slime will cling to them forever. As my tiny morsel of balance, I'll quote a bit of this. Let you see those nasty Capitalists at work...

By RUSSELL GOLD, Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

HOUSTON -- In a shuttered J.C. Penney store here, more than 500 job recruits sat at long tables and leafed through packets of information. John Watson, a staffing supervisor for Halliburton Co., welcomed them with a somber introduction.

"I'd like to start out by saying we've already had three deaths on this contract so far," he told the workers, who had signed up to support the U.S. military in Iraq. "If you're getting any pressure from home, if you have any doubt in your mind ... now is the time to tell us. We'll shake hands and get you a plane ticket home."

By the end of that early January week, four of every five recruits would be packing to leave for a one-year stint in Iraq. There, in the largest mobilization of civilians to work in a war zone in U.S. history, they drive trucks, deliver mail, install air conditioners, serve food and cut hair...

Halliburton, which has an open-ended logistics contract with the Army, has 7,000 workers on the ground in Iraq and is bringing another 500 each week to Houston. It posts fliers at truck stops and takes out banner ads on job-listing Web sites. Most recruits come in by word of mouth. So far, Halliburton has plenty of takers...

During a week in Houston, the new hires are trained in the use of chemical-biological weapons suits. They get physicals to make sure they can handle desert living. An accountant explains that they have to spend more than 330 days outside the U.S. to avoid federal income taxes. If the recruits pass their physical and background checks, they are issued military IDs and are dispatched directly from Houston without a trip home for a final goodbye....

"So far, Halliburton has plenty of takers." Sure they do, these are Americans. I wonder how many Belgians are lining up to join the UN in Iraq?

Posted by John Weidner at February 6, 2004 9:37 AM
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