September 02, 2005

Halliburton hired for storm cleanup -- bad move

Word came out of Houston yesterday that Halliburton had been hired by the US Navy to help with the cleanup of areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Halliburton subsidiary KBR will also perform damage assessments at other naval installations in New Orleans as soon as it is safe to do so.

Bad move.

Conspiracy theorists and liberals across the country and around the world already suspicious of Bush administration ties to the firm will have so much cannon fodder that it won't even be funny as a Letterman or Leno joke.

Not a wise move at all.

Posted by mhking at September 2, 2005 11:32 PM | TrackBack


Caving into conspiracy theorists woud be a bad move.

Halliburton has been slandered, and judging from my research, Halliburton does not deserve the villification it gets. Former Pres Bill Clinton used them, and no one said anything about it then (as far as I can tell).

They are a company that can effectively and efficiently do such a job. If not them, who? The French?

And if Halliburton is avoided, and there are negative consequences as a result - wouldn't that just encourage more irrational blaming, whining, etc?

All will work out and get better. Especially if we don't make emotion-based decisions or make decisions based on slander, lies.

Posted by: VL at September 3, 2005 02:30 PM

"KBR was assigned the work under a "construction capabilities" contract awarded in 2004 after a competitive bidding process. The company is not involved in the Army Corps of Engineers' effort to repair New Orleans' levees.

1) Halliburton does not have the contract to clean up New Orleans.
2) The contract they do have was awarded over a year ago.

Umm, that would mean that someone was planning for what would happen if there was a problem......umm, isn’t that what we’re all screaming about? That there has been insufficient (incompetent?) planning? Now we have evidence (however small and scanty) that someone, somewhere, was thinking ahead and this is bad too?

Posted by: Dave t at September 4, 2005 12:53 PM

"Halliburton has been slandered"?

You mean for double-billing the American taxpayer for gas? You mean for using their "former" CEO to facilitate cost-plus, no-bid deals worth billions? You mean for making our flimsily-armored troops protect their flanks while they parade around Iraq in their fully-armored Humvees? You mean for their subsidiary KBR getting paid hundreds of millions of dollars to poison our troops with bacteria-riddled food?

Bwa ha ha ha ha!

Sometimes you conservative assclowns get off a good one once in a while.

Posted by: jurassicpork at September 4, 2005 07:05 PM

Too bad Haliburton is the best at what they do. Should we be using inferior companies?

Posted by: shadwomom1 at September 4, 2005 08:55 PM

these url's will give you some info on why some people do not like Halliburton and feel that it is a little "fishy" that they continue to get these contracts....

Posted by: Amy at September 9, 2005 11:29 AM
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