Wednesday, October 31, 2007

HOW RUMMY MADE US LEANER AND MEANER

Protest Leads Army to Reconsider Big Contract

Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, October 31, 2007; Page A14

One of the biggest military contracts to house, feed and provide other services to U.S. military troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait may be canceled and renegotiated after the Government Accountability Office said yesterday that it upheld a protest from two teams that lost the bid.

The $150 billion contract, known as the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, or LOGCAP IV, spans 10 years and was awarded in June to three companies -- Fluor Intercontinental of Greenville, S.C., DynCorp International of Fort Worth and KBR of Houston.

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Well, at least there's no more KP. The army that I was in, a half-century ago, fed itself, transported itself, equipped and supplied and cared for itself in one symbiotic entity.

No more. Today's military has no time for such nonsense. It can't even guard itself anymore, outsourcing such things as convoy protection to Blackwater and their ilk.

This gang of thieves calling itself the Bush administration has made government smaller by ballooning an entirely unsupervised private sector--$150 billion in this current fiasco--a number that truly chills the blood. In doing so, they emasculated a once capable military, so destroying its power that a single Middle Eastern pissant civil war has wrecked our ability to fight elsewhere.

The nation that could stand up to Russia now can't even stand up to al-Qaeda--they call that a victory of smaller government, an achievement in a leaner, meaner military.

Heck of a job, Rummy.


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