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July 07, 2005
I Sure Am Glad

Halliburton lands $5 billion in new work for Army

Reuters reported Wednesday that the U.S. Army has inked a deal with Halliburton Co. to do about $5 billion in new work in Iraq.

Halliburton's logistics contract with the Army has so far earned the Houston-based oilfiled services and engineering and construction firm $9.1 billion.

Linda Theis, a spokeswoman for U.S. Army Field Support Command in Rock Island, Ill., said the military signed the work order with Halliburton unit KBR in May.

The new deal, worth $4.97 billion over the next year, was not made public when it was signed because the Army did not consider such an announcement necessary, she said.

Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), which has drawn allegations for overcharging on contracts and claims of favoritism from the White House, is the U.S. military's biggest contractor in Iraq with multiple tasks ranging from cooking meals for troops to rebuilding Iraq's oil industry.

I sure am glad we aren't running short of money to subsidize fund Halliburton the military in the course of our illegal invasion of war on Iraq 'terror'.

U.S. analyst says it is time to end alliance

It's South Korea, this time. They're cramping Uncle Sam's ability to flex his manhood on the Korean peninsula.

An analyst writing for a conservative U.S. think tank has suggested in a recent publication that the United States should end its half-century alliance with South Korea because the relationship constrains Washington's political and military options with regard to North Korea.

Apparently that diplomacy stuff isn't what the rightwing was looking for to feed their lunatic base.

Using strong language, Mr. Kennelley wrote: "Our current alliance with South Korea ― the diplomatic straitjacket ― prevents us from acting. South Korea will never let us use our sticks." Mr. Park said he believed sentiments similar to Mr. Kennelly's were becoming more common in U.S. political circles.

I think Mr. Kennelley should keep his stick in his pants and his warmongering to himself.

Mr. Park said he believed sentiments similar to Mr. Kennelly's were becoming more common in U.S. political circles.

I sure am glad that the fact that we're already losing fighting two wars isn't stopping us from eyeballing the rest of the ol' Axis for our next target.

Wouldn't want Halliburton to run out of government contracts, would we?

I sure am glad I bothered to get out of bed and read the news headlines today.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:01 PM


Comments

I'm a perpetual sophomore when it comes to international relations, but it would seem that the single best chance we have of eliminating the nuclear threat on the Korean penninsula would be to facilitate reunification between North and South Korea. And the worst thing we could do would be to give North Korea more reason to fear us.

In other words, Mr. Kennelley's idea is just plain dumb.

Posted by: Joseph j7uy5 at July 7, 2005 03:25 PM

I have a vague memory of reading an article (today? yesterday?) where North Korea said it wouldn't pursue nukes if we'd promise not to invade them.

I'm over-simplifying, of course, but I don't doubt that quite a few countries are feeling the urge to beef up their self-defense arsenals these days.

Posted by: Anne at July 11, 2005 04:25 PM