Posted by: Kevin | September 6, 2007

I Don’t Have the Words

I just finished this article on contractor war profiteering in Iraq and I literally have no idea what to say.  I’ve written about how badly we’ve fucked up the occupation of Iraq before and received the response that I shouldn’t denigrate the hard work being done over their to rebuild the Iraq.  I was told that we weren’t getting the whole picture. 

That certainly seems to be the case.  I had no idea it was this bad:

“in March 2004, your company (Parsons) magically wins a contract from the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq to design and build the Baghdad Police College, a facility that’s supposed to house and train at least 4,000 police recruits. But two years and $72 million later, you deliver not a functioning police academy but one of the great engineering clusterfucks of all time, a practically useless pile of rubble so badly constructed that its walls and ceilings are literally caked in shit and piss, a result of subpar plumbing in the upper floors.”

“Before coming to Iraq, Custer Battles hadn’t done even a million dollars in business. The company’s own Web site brags that Battles had to borrow cab fare from Jordan to Iraq and arrived in Baghdad with less than $500 in his pocket. But he had good timing, arriving just as a security contract for Baghdad International Airport was being “put up” for bid. The company site raves that Custer spent “three sleepless nights” penning an offer that impressed the CPA enough to hand the partners $2 million in cash, which Battles promptly stuffed into a duffel bag and drove to deposit in a Lebanese bank.”

That’s just a taste, the examples go on and on for 8 pages.  The greed and the hubris literally take my breath away.  My grandchildren will be paying for this colossal fuck-up long after I’m dead and buried and the only return on the investment will be a weaker America in a less stable world.  I am now officially ready to impeach.

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