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Re: [casi] $1 bn / week

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I have heard that Brown and Root's contract in Iraq is spiraling upwards and
has become open-ended.  This reported in the last couple of days on NPR here
in the US.  I do not recall "reading" this anywhere however.

Brown and Root is doing everything from Laundry to foodservice to hair
cutting to transport of goods etc via importing new trucks into the country to
create supply lines.  I understand Iraqi trucking companies et al are rather put
out by this.

Of course B and R also does "security" aka merc work and is a subsidiary of
Haliburton, Cheney's company.

Also Dyncorp? has a rather large contract for policing I believe.
Bechtel is another major campaign contributor which has apparently received a
no-bid contract in Iraq for upwards of 1bln US.

Sorry that I don't have "written" sources.

Roger Stroope
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff USA

During the war crimes trials at Nuremberg, psychologist Gustave Gilbert
visited Nazi Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering in his prison cell. "We got around to
the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not
think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war
and destruction," Gilbert wrote in his journal, Nuremberg Diary.

"Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would
some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can
get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? ... That is
understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy
and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a
democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament or a communist dictatorship
... That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and
denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to
danger. It works the same way in any country."

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