Dick Cheney just got richer
Since it's just not at all a surprise, I really don't know what to say about this Halliburton deal. I don't know what to say about the fact that the government didn't even go through the charade of a bidding process.
So--Bush/Cheney start unprovoked war, clean-up of unprovoked war results in (undisclosed amount) in contracts to private contracters, contracters chosen are major contributers to Republican party, in which senior administration leadership has investment interests. To the shock and awe of all, Halliburton's stock rose yesterday.
And we're all so jaded at this point that nobody bats an eyelash. Stephen Colbert on The Daily Show last night was trying to find an adjective to describe the heinousness of this incestuous self-rewarding, but instead settled on a sort of defeated, whimpering noise.
Jon Stewart put it better. He said, we all knew this was coming, but it doesn't stop him from feeling that "the government just took a shit on my chest." God bless the Daily Show for finding the right words...
Atrios had a transcript from this portion of the show. Here's what Colbert said:
"Jon, keeping in mind that Haliburton was a major campaign contributor to the campaign and Dick Cheney was the former CEO, this move is extremely...I'm a bit of a stickler for language...if this word was a flavor, it would be a thick brown taste in the back of your throat, an acrid tang of decay, like you're rotting from the inside...I've tried appalling, shameful, reprehensible-- I've tried cramming words together, greed-ragicous, backstabtastick, and Christ-just-when-I-was-beginning-to-buy-their-line-of-crappical, but nothing quite captures it."