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(Washington Post)   It's almost as if the Afghanistan war took place as an excuse to line Halliburton's and Bechtel's pockets   (washingtonpost.com ) divider line
    More: Asinine, Afghanistan War, Halliburton, Afghanistan, U.S., Kandahar Province, pockets  
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13336 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 Jul 2013 at 2:54 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-07-11 02:03:29 PM  
A lot of the equipment that we've shipped over there we aren't even shipping it back. We're just destroying it and leaving it there.

Billions of dollars worth of equipment, now worthless.
 
2013-07-11 02:17:52 PM  

vernonFL: A lot of the equipment that we've shipped over there we aren't even shipping it back. We're just destroying it and leaving it there.

Billions of dollars worth of equipment, now worthless.


That's just how freedom works.
 
2013-07-11 02:23:42 PM  
almost as if?

almost as if?

almost as if?
 
2013-07-11 02:43:13 PM  
i193.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-11 02:55:25 PM  
Done in zero. Well done subby.
 
2013-07-11 02:56:06 PM  

vernonFL: A lot of the equipment that we've shipped over there we aren't even shipping it back. We're just destroying it and leaving it there.

Billions of dollars worth of equipment, now worthless.


You do remember that 747 going down, attempting to ship that equipment back?
 
2013-07-11 02:56:22 PM  
When the "libertarians" find out who those mysterious men and women who ran the country from 2000 to 2008 were, they are gonna be so pissed!
 
2013-07-11 02:56:28 PM  

Therion: almost as if?

almost as if?

almost as if?

came here to say that
found it said

 
2013-07-11 02:57:31 PM  

Therion: almost as if?

almost as if?

almost as if?


It's almost like no one remembers the massive bribe severance package that Halliburton gave Chaney when he became VP.
 
2013-07-11 02:57:55 PM  
Clearly we plan on going back
 
2013-07-11 02:59:01 PM  
Or maybe it was planned before the withdrawal date announced by Obama.  Which was basically saying to the Taliban "Hold out just a bit longer and you'll have the place to yourselves again!"
 
2013-07-11 02:59:32 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-07-11 02:59:35 PM  
What did Eisenhower warn us about, again? A Midwifery Inscrutable Convex? I don't remember.
 
2013-07-11 02:59:42 PM  
I blame Obama, it happened on his watch. It's stuff like this that makes me glad that my Tea Party for Bachmann group got its 503c rating so I wouldn't waste money paying taxes for Democrat waste.
 
2013-07-11 03:00:41 PM  
Nope it was to find the WMD Osama bought from Saddam. And to protect our freedoms.
 
2013-07-11 03:00:53 PM  
Look on the bright side, at least the war was worth it. I mean, the Taliban has been defeated, we found bin Laden's Afghan hideout and killed him, and there haven't been any other terror attacks since 9/11.
 
2013-07-11 03:01:25 PM  
I hear Halliburton is deep into white marble.

www.destination360.com

/looks like we got plenty of room for another GOP oil war...so vote Republican
 
2013-07-11 03:02:07 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: Or maybe it was planned before the withdrawal date announced by Obama.  Which was basically saying to the Taliban "Hold out just a bit longer and you'll have the place to yourselves again!"


Or not.

http://countdowntodrawdown.org/facts.php
 
2013-07-11 03:04:28 PM  
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2013-07-11 03:05:10 PM  
That's pretty disgusting. This has been a very profitable decade for those making millions off of our soldiers' misfortunes.
 
2013-07-11 03:05:23 PM  
your new and exciting government isn't as bad as the old one,
 it's far FAR worse.

but hey, it's only money, right?
many billions in gear being left to the elements and people who will certainly not use it for bad purposes

can we still blame bush?
 
2013-07-11 03:05:26 PM  
Rumsfeld was asking about $2.3 trillion unaccounted pentagon money on 9/10/01 and looked what happened.

Better not ask questions.
 
2013-07-11 03:05:50 PM  
The military, which has opened a formal investigation into the decisions that led to the contract

Now there's a scandal worth investigation.

Oh but i'm afraid it's the poors that are bankrupting this great nation.

/gags.
 
2013-07-11 03:06:19 PM  
Obvious tag too busy lining its pockets with profits
 
2013-07-11 03:06:37 PM  

natas6.0: can we still blame bush?


would we be there otherwise?
 
2013-07-11 03:06:40 PM  
Bullshart Subby!  The Afghan war was almost justified.

The Iraq adventure on the other hand ...
 
2013-07-11 03:07:17 PM  
I blame Bush because Fark.
 
2013-07-11 03:07:41 PM  
My heart is all aflutter from this shocking news.
 
2013-07-11 03:08:05 PM  
I would be a little bit like "Well... a contract is a contract, that would be shiatty to pull out of a contract if someone is counting on that work." BUT before the contracts were drawn people were like "WTF we don't need that shiat, why are you drawing a contract? Hey, stop! Put that down! You are a crazy wasteful bastard!"

I hate being a taxpayer sometimes.
 
2013-07-11 03:09:09 PM  

WorldCitizen: That's pretty disgusting. This has been a very profitable decade for those making millions hundreds of billions off of our soldiers' misfortunes.


ftfy.
 
2013-07-11 03:09:15 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: I hear Halliburton is deep into white marble.

[www.destination360.com image 415x332]

/looks like we got plenty of room for another GOP oil war...so vote Republican


what a maroon, we are now swimming in all that oil we took right?

/huffing paint is bad, you should stop
 
2013-07-11 03:09:45 PM  
BafflerMeal:
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Came for some Smedley, leaving fully satisfied.
 
2013-07-11 03:09:46 PM  
i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-07-11 03:10:01 PM  

Therion: almost as if?

almost as if?

almost as if?


----- OBVIOUS tag last seen screaming through the streets and waving arms violently
 
2013-07-11 03:10:43 PM  

vernonFL: Look on the bright side, at least the war was worth it. I mean, the Taliban has been defeated, we found bin Laden's Afghan hideout and killed him, and there haven't been any other terror attacks since 9/11.


Worth it? Really? Nope.
 
2013-07-11 03:10:54 PM  
let me ask this
why aren't you in the streets protesting? why aren't you spilling red paint on the capitol? why do you point and laugh at the people who do stick their necks out to say "hey that's wrong! knock it off!"

/you let them do this
//we've known this forever
 
2013-07-11 03:11:32 PM  

dionysusaur: Bullshart Subby!  The Afghan war was almost justified.

The Iraq adventure on the other hand ...


Headline should read "It's almost as if the waging of the Afghanistan War took place as an excuse to line Halliburton/Bechtel's pockets". Which should be hard for anyone to dispute - hiring Halliburton/KBR guys for military logistics is a fairly obvious one.

There is no reason the guy serving chow to soldiers (or driving it from the airfield to the mess) should be a PMC making 3x what the soldiers do. If we can't fight a war with our military, we can't fight a war.
 
2013-07-11 03:12:36 PM  

natas6.0: your new and exciting government isn't as bad as the old one,
 it's far FAR worse.


Yes, because wasting $35 million in the desert is far, far worse than shipping $12 billion to the desert and then losing $8 billion of it. Is this stupid? Of course! But at least the problem is "we built something we ended up not needing because we're bringing our troops home" rather than "you go to war with the army you have, not the army you want."


but hey, it's only money, right?
many billions in gear being left to the elements and people who will certainly not use it for bad purposes


Lots of billions. Perhaps we should have thought of that before we started this little adventure.

can we still blame bush?

Oh yes. He's why we're there. When a gunshot victim loses a leg, do you blame the doctor who couldn't save it, or do you blame the person who fired the gun?

Iw
 
2013-07-11 03:13:06 PM  
Heh, Yeah. Almost. As if.
 
2013-07-11 03:13:10 PM  

charmbomb: I would be a little bit like "Well... a contract is a contract, that would be shiatty to pull out of a contract if someone is counting on that work."


Yeah, it's not like the people who are working on that useless contract could be switched over to doing something that's needed instead.

They have to keep going to the bitter end, then dump it instead of undergoing a week or two of reassignment.
 
2013-07-11 03:13:15 PM  

bbfreak: vernonFL: Look on the bright side, at least the war was worth it. I mean, the Taliban has been defeated, we found bin Laden's Afghan hideout and killed him, and there haven't been any other terror attacks since 9/11.

Worth it? Really? Nope.


Look man, I hold a GED in War Games, and I'm telling you, after 11+ years, trillions of dollars spent, and several thousands of lost lives later, it is an unquestionable victory when you find yourself groveling at the negotiating table with the side you were supposed to "defeat".
 
2013-07-11 03:13:43 PM  

dionysusaur: Bullshart Subby!  The Afghan war was almost justified.

The Iraq adventure on the other hand ...


The Afghan war WAS justified...half-assed nation-building there, not so much.
 
2013-07-11 03:15:38 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: I hear Halliburton is deep into white marble.

[www.destination360.com image 415x332]

/looks like we got plenty of room for another GOP oil war...so vote Republican


Yeah, lots of oil in Afghanistan...
 
2013-07-11 03:16:13 PM  
Well, that makes more sense than any other excuse for that war.

It is now considered the longest war in the entire history of this country.  It's still going on.  And as I recall, the reason it started at all was because the Taliban was harboring Bin Laden.  All these years later, it turns out they may have been.  But not for very long  That was Pakistan.  And they were supposed to be our allies.
And to make matters worse, the US completely destabalized the entirety of the country.  It's so bad that the people the US are training to stabalize things are turning on their trainers and shooting them.

So this might be the dumbest f'n thing our country has ever done.
 
2013-07-11 03:16:56 PM  

Joe Blowme: TheShavingofOccam123: I hear Halliburton is deep into white marble.

[www.destination360.com image 415x332]

/looks like we got plenty of room for another GOP oil war...so vote Republican

what a maroon, we are now swimming in all that oil we took right?


In other news, preventing a rival from bringing a product to market can be an effective form of competition.

Go ahead, declassify the minutes from Bush's pre-Iraq energy meetings, prove me wrong :)
 
2013-07-11 03:17:17 PM  

natas6.0: can we still blame bush?



Bush was never President.
 
2013-07-11 03:18:30 PM  
Also, years ago when the hub was new to construction contract work, he had a short stint at a government facility. When he first arrived, he witnessed another worker building something (I wasn't really paying attention at this point in the story) that used some rebar. He explained it to me like the other worker was basically using about 20x the amount of rebar needed for what he was doing. When he asked why he needed that much (were they going for safety or something), the worker just replied "Not at all. That's how these government jobs work."
 
2013-07-11 03:19:12 PM  
It's the same everyday and the wave won't break.
Tell you to pray while the devil's on their shoulder
Laying claim to the take that our soldiers save
Does not equate, and the truth's already out there
 
2013-07-11 03:19:23 PM  

BitwiseShift: natas6.0: can we still blame bush?


Bush was never President.


Clinton was the one who missed taking out Obama in Tora Bora in 1999. Should have killed him then when he had the chance and then we'd not have the problems in Washington we have now.
 
2013-07-11 03:20:14 PM  

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