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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:32 pm    Post subject: The Rip-off in Iraq Reply with quote

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The Rip-off in Iraq: You Will Not Believe How Low the War Profiteers Have Gone

In Iraq, private contractors are guaranteed huge profits no matter how badly they fuck things up.

How is it done? How do you screw the taxpayer for millions, get away with it and then ride off into the sunset with one middle finger extended, the other wrapped around a chilled martini? Ask Earnest O. Robbins -- he knows all about being a successful contractor in Iraq.

You start off as a well-connected bureaucrat: in this case, as an Air Force civil engineer, a post from which Robbins was responsible for overseeing 70,000 servicemen and contractors, with an annual budget of $8 billion. You serve with distinction for thirty-four years, becoming such a military all-star that the Air Force frequently sends you to the Hill to testify before Congress -- until one day in the summer of 2003, when you retire to take a job as an executive for Parsons, a private construction company looking to do work in Iraq.

Now you can finally move out of your dull government housing on Bolling Air Force Base and get your wife that dream home you've been promising her all these years. The place on Park Street in Dunn Loring, Virginia, looks pretty good -- four bedrooms, fireplace, garage, 2,900 square feet, a nice starter home in a high-end neighborhood full of spooks, think-tankers and ex-apparatchiks moved on to the nest-egg phase of their faceless careers. On October 20th, 2003, you close the deal for $775,000 and start living that private-sector good life.

A few months later, in March 2004, your company magically wins a contract from the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq to design and build the Baghdad Police College, a facility that's supposed to house and train at least 4,000 police recruits. But two years and $72 million later, you deliver not a functioning police academy but one of the great engineering clusterfucks of all time, a practically useless pile of rubble so badly constructed that its walls and ceilings are literally caked in shit and piss, a result of subpar plumbing in the upper floors.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go figure. Here I sit in Florida fighting with unqualified mexicans for contracts with them often over $1k lower on bids than I am for repaint work. I don't even bother in new construction because it's so cut-throat I won't even waste my time. All the while these schmucks are making millions for SHIT work. I offer the highest quality available and have a hard time finding people willing to pay my prices. It's a sad state of affairs.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I vomited a little. Embarassed
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