The Washington Post reports that the exclusive, no-bid contract glory days are over in Iraq for Halliburton (at least where the Army contracts are concerned).
The Army is discontinuing a controversial multibillion-dollar deal with oil services giant Halliburton Co. to provide logistical support to U.S. troops worldwide, a decision that could cut deeply into the firm’s dominance of government contracting in Iraq.
The choice comes after several years of attacks from critics who saw the contract as a symbol of politically connected corporations profiteering on the war.
Under the deal, Halliburton had exclusive rights to provide the military with a wide range of work that included keeping soldiers around the world fed, sheltered and in communication with friends and family back home. Government audits turned up more than $1 billion in questionable costs. Whistle-blowers told how the company charged $45 per case of soda, double-billed on meals and allowed troops to bathe in contaminated water….
We’ve been hearing all sorts of rumbles that there would be a troop draw down or pull out in advance of the elections this fall. And with that, the gravy train will be pulling out of the station.
That the Iraqi government might be able to employ their own people to help with reconstruction? Well, that is a step in the right direction. And I say, it’s about damn time.
UPDATE: Crooks and Liars has a great clip of Cafferty on a cranky rant on the state of sectarian violence in Iraq. It’s a good one.