The Washington Post reported yesterday that the Army is ending Halliburton's exclusive, no-bid contracts in Iraq. This is tremendous news for US citizens: no longer will our taxes be going to finance shoddy, unfinished civic projects and ludicrous overbillings. Seriously, we are talking about 15 billion dollars that have gone to pay for delivering food and fuel that more often than not never showed up, and construction for housing US troops that is flimsy at best and unfinished at worst.
The person I am happiest for is Bunnatine Greenhouse, who blew the whistle on Halliburton's profiteering and consequently lost her job because of it. In the wake of her complaints, the Pentagon actually awarded Halliburton for its performance! Meanwhile this honest, brave woman was exiled to the margins. Disgusting.