Can We Start With KBR?

As much as many would like to see what happened to the conspirators in Lincoln’s assassination be the end result of the Bush/Cheney regime, we all know “ain’t gonna happen.” I have come to a conclusion that if anything is going to happen: Truth and Reconciliation. Unlikely, but about as far as weak kneed Dem leaders will ever go.

Can we start with KBR?

These “accidents” happened in facilities used as base camps for U.S. units, camps that were to have been completely refurbished – including the wiring – under terms of a $30 billion no-bid contract awarded to the one-time Halliburton subsidiary KBR (formerly Kellogg-Brown-Root).

As if it had learned nothing from Tillman, the Army again lied to the family of at least one victim, Staff Sergeant Ryan Maseth, electrocuted while showering at his base camp. The Pentagon first told his family he had taken an electrical device into the shower. A few more days brought a different explanation: the large number of exposed live wires surrounding the shower area. Maseth’s family is suing KBR for wrongful death.

Dan Smith
Colonel, USA (Ret.)
Senior Fellow on Military Affairs
Friends Committee on National Legislation

The article kind of fizzles at the end, context/style-wise. But the story is an important one that needs to be told to the nation along with the rest of KBR’s/Halliburton’s involvement. Maybe we might get away from no bid contracts and vending out crucial services? Plus it would delight me to no end if we emptied out at least a little of Cheney’s pirate booty that was held in his blind trust.

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