When I think of a certain line in Gladiator
, one spoken by the late
Oliver Reed, I think of the US government and the countless war profiteers it employs: "And the great whore will suckle us until we
are fat and happy and can suckle no more." That line could've been
spoken by any of the contract procurement specialists whose job it is to
dispense multi-billion cost-plus, no-bid contracts like alms to the
already rich and bloated.
And then when I hear this line, I think of those who've been entrusted
with the lives and welfare of our troops overseas and this could've been
uttered by any chickenhawk Republican about to send troops into
hopeless, needless war: "Thrust this into another man's
flesh, and they will applaud and love you for that. You? You may begin
to love them --
for that. Ultimately, we're all dead men.
Sadly, we cannot choose how."
And then there's this one, one that could've been spoken by any
indifferent Halliburton/KBR executive: "I shall be closer to you for the
next few days, which will be the last
of your miserable lives, than that bitch of a mother who first brought
you screaming into this world! I did not pay good money for your
company. I paid it so that I might profit from your death. And just as
your mother was there at your beginning, I shall be there at your end.
And when you die - and die you shall - your transition will be to the
sound of... [claps his hands]."
Therefore, with that introduction, I offer you a blast from the
past: Remember the old acronym LOGCAP from the good old Bush/Iraq War
days? In case you've forgotten it, it stands for Logistical Civil
Augmentation Program, a nice little euphemism that seems to suggest only
a friendly helping hand from the private sector and not the
$38,000,000,000 boondoggle and clusterfuck it actually is. Apparently,
civil augmentation" war profiteering, far from being a mere
augmentation, essentially replaced virtually all functions formerly
fulfilled by the military, including feeding the troops, setting up
showers and providing potable drinking water.
That resulted in the US taxpayer subsidizing troops getting served bacteria-riddled food, bacteria-riddled drinking water
and shower stalls that were essentially electrocuting, with impunity,
those who'd used it. And, oh yeah, let us not forget paying them
handsomely to rape and detain Jamie Leigh Jones with, as usual, complete and utter impunity. Despite constant scandals and ample evidence
of fraud and a lax attitude toward the welfare of our armed forces, KBR
was given a $150,000,000,000 contract to continue defrauding the
government, including several no-bid contracts in Iraq in 2011 (two
years after Obama took over).
You would think, at some point, like all conscientious parasites,
Kellogg, Brown and Root would finally let loose with a bay
window-cracking belch and push themselves away from the trough but you
would be wrong, comrade. Today comes the news that despite having
$100,000,000 in double billed expenses not honored by the Pentagon,
despite the missing $1.8 billion in missing meal money, the $12,000,000
worth of missing meals, the pending litigation and all that...
Kellogg, Brown and Root is now telling the Pentagon that they will need another half a billion dollars and 13 years
to wrap up operations in Iraq. That would be same Iraq we'd left back
in December of 2011. You know, the country with hardly any American
troops left to feed and do stuff for.
Yeah, I thought you'd love hearing that.
So explain to me again why there's no major push, or even so much as a
single petition, demanding the Obama administration fire KBR immediately
and to have them fork over the billions they've fraudulently bilked
from the American taxpayer?
Suckle no more, my withered teats.