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Young reports: "Ten contractors received 52 percent of the funds, according to an analysis by the Financial Times that was published Tuesday. The No. 1 recipient? Houston-based energy-focused engineering and construction firm KBR, Inc., which was spun off from its parent, oilfield services provider Halliburton Co., in 2007."

Dick Cheney's Halliburton made billions of dollars from the Iraq war. (photo: Getty Images)
Dick Cheney's Halliburton made billions of dollars from the Iraq war. (photo: Getty Images)



Cheney's Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War

By Angelo Young, International Business Times

20 March 13

 

he accounting of the financial cost of the nearly decade-long Iraq War will go on for years, but a recent analysis has shed light on the companies that made money off the war by providing support services as the privatization of what were former U.S. military operations rose to unprecedented levels.

Private or publicly listed firms received at least $138 billion of U.S. taxpayer money for government contracts for services that included providing private security, building infrastructure and feeding the troops.

Ten contractors received 52 percent of the funds, according to an analysis by the Financial Times that was published Tuesday.

The No. 1 recipient?

Houston-based energy-focused engineering and construction firm KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR), which was spun off from its parent, oilfield services provider Halliburton Co. (NYSE:HAL), in 2007.

The company was given $39.5 billion in Iraq-related contracts over the past decade, with many of the deals given without any bidding from competing firms, such as a $568-million contract renewal in 2010 to provide housing, meals, water and bathroom services to soldiers, a deal that led to a Justice Department lawsuit over alleged kickbacks, as reported by Bloomberg.

Who were Nos. 2 and 3?

Agility Logistics (KSE:AGLTY) of Kuwait and the state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corp. Together, these firms garnered $13.5 billion of U.S. contracts.

As private enterprise entered the war zone at unprecedented levels, the amount of corruption ballooned, even if most contractors performed their duties as expected.

According to the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the level of corruption by defense contractors may be as high as $60 billion. Disciplined soldiers that would traditionally do many of the tasks are commissioned by private and publicly listed companies.

Even without the graft, the costs of paying for these services are higher than paying governement employees or soldiers to do them because of the profit motive involved. No-bid contracting - when companies get to name their price with no competing bid - didn't lower legitimate expenses. (Despite promises by President Barack Obama to reel in this habit, the trend toward granting favored companies federal contracts without considering competing bids continued to grow, by 9 percent last year, according to the Washington Post.)

Even though the military has largely pulled out of Iraq, private contractors remain on the ground and continue to reap U.S. government contracts. For example, the U.S. State Department estimates that taxpayers will dole out $3 billion to private guards for the government's sprawling embassy in Baghdad.

The costs of paying private and publicly listed war profiteers seem miniscule in light of the total bill for the war.

Last week, the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University said the war in Iraq cost $1.7 trillion dollars, not including the $490 billion in immediate benefits owed to veterans of the war and the lifetime benefits that will be owed to them or their next of kin.

 

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+247 # charsjcca 2013-03-20 11:22
Is there some mystery here? What else would you expect. The purpose for these encounters is to acquire wealth or glory.
 
 
+460 # robniel 2013-03-20 13:32
Cheney is a war profiteer and should be dealt with accordingly.
 
 
+208 # Smiley 2013-03-20 18:50
Yep, and if those numbers are correct and there are about 300 million Americans, the Iraq war cost about $6,000 for every man, woman, child and baby. My family sure as hell could use that money now.
 
 
+228 # MainStreetMentor 2013-03-20 20:03
I agree, Smiley. We can spout all sorts of facts and figures - and be correct in what we say. What we MUSTD do, as a group of American citizens, is: Demand that our Congress bring this miserable excuse for a man and former elected official before an impartial judge and jury - with the facts from an intense, truthful, investigation of what he did - as the basis for his criminal trial. If we fail do this - then we allow him to remain "above the law" - and that above all else must NOT be allowed to happen.
 
 
+142 # Frunobulax718 2013-03-20 22:28
Its worse than that: the money was *borrowed* primarily from the Social Security trust fund that Al Gore wanted to put in a "lock box". And now they want to cut S/S entitlements, claiming that the Democrats have run up the debt.

In a nutshell, since it was created, the pro-big business wing of both parties -- but especially the GOP -- have *always* been intent on destroying S/S, and they used the Iraq war to take a big chunk out of it.
 
 
+19 # Dijo 2014-08-01 01:40
Try insider knowledge, Martha Stewart went to the pen for "alleged" knowledge...of STOCKS......... ..just another example of the two systems of "injustice" that has metastasized, like the cancer it is, in our government, in this glorious country! Bush and Cheney are the lowest form of life on this planet. To make billions on the lives, of young soldiers, now dead, based solely on a lie....my God......the blood on their hands is not only staining, it permeates the air.
 
 
+207 # unocelestial 2013-03-20 11:51
He is the devil!
 
 
+208 # pegasus4508 2013-03-20 13:15
He is Devil Spawn. He is also a war criminal who is STILL laughing in our faces.
 
 
+54 # teineitalia 2013-03-22 01:22
No, pegasus, he is Rasputin... the power behind the throne that refuses to die. I sincerely hope that he and George the Lesser are confronted by the chaos and despair that they loosed upon the world with their hubris. Would it be wishing too much to hope that they rot in hell?
 
 
+58 # gotabrain 2013-03-20 13:27
Maybe, but in a Darth Vader costume.
 
 
+272 # PrinceDarrell 2013-03-20 12:07
He donated his own profits to charity; good move, since that hangs around his neck like a literal noose. Those guys lied us into a war. Sold with passion, and a half a million people and 1.7 trillion got spent, enriching dozens of companies. That's why this stuff keeps happening.. theft at that level buys a lot of friends.
Cheney should be in jail. period.
 
 
+193 # jussayin 2013-03-20 13:21
"He donated his own profits to charity"
Don't be too sure. I think he's on record of telling the senate committee that he wasn't going to give up his Halliburton stock. I can't see him donating all the profit he made off that war to charity. Someone evil enough to start it under false pretenses and make sure his company got tons of money via no-bid contracts, further fattening the bottom line by hiring unskilled labor, resulting in deaths to our soldiers, (uncompensated deaths due to immunity from lawsuits) isn't going to be concerned about the less fortunate. He's part of the reason they ARE the less fortunate.
 
 
+106 # A_Har 2013-03-20 15:58
Quoting jussayin:
"He donated his own profits to charity"
Don't be too sure. I think he's on record of telling the senate committee that he wasn't going to give up his Halliburton stock. I can't see him donating all the profit he made off that war to charity. Someone evil enough to start it under false pretenses and make sure his company got tons of money via no-bid contracts, further fattening the bottom line by hiring unskilled labor, resulting in deaths to our soldiers, (uncompensated deaths due to immunity from lawsuits) isn't going to be concerned about the less fortunate. He's part of the reason they ARE the less fortunate.


You don't understand what charity is for the RICH. Mostly it is a scheme to keep from paying taxes. It is *a racket.* I would guess he pocketed most of the earnings from his profits far below what he would have had to pay in capital gains if he had not "donated to charity."

Look it up.
 
 
+4 # LGNTexas 2014-06-18 21:39
Here is the accounting of his taxes in 2005 when he gave some of his immense wealth to charity and benefited greatly from the Bush Tax Cuts which were supposed to encourage giving money to Katrina victims. None of Cheney's "charity" went to the Gulf Coast. http://www.ctj.org/pdf/bushchen05.pdf
 
 
+35 # Interested Observer 2013-03-20 14:35
Not a goose, an albatross.
 
 
+115 # in deo veritas 2013-03-20 15:10
He should be tried for war crimes and given the death penalty as a reward for all the deaths he brought about by his lies that got us into two illegal wars. He knows where he will end up when he leaves this world and will not be able to avoid it forever. His mentor Uncle Adolf is eagerly awaiting his arrival.
 
 
+73 # mdhome 2013-03-20 17:09
Everytime I hear about Bush/Cheney, I wish I believed in a hell, in his case I hope you are right.
 
 
+145 # Kayjay 2013-03-20 12:09
No wonder Cheney and his ilk always advocate dropping bombs on third world countries. Yep, just direct the proper spin, create an enemy, and blow up said offending nation. Then, those bloody dollars will be siphoned into undisclosed accounts. I really can't guess how many enemies Cheney has made over the years. Maybe that is why he always has to scurry from one secret location to another, under the cloak of darkness.
 
 
+66 # Susan1989 2013-03-20 14:19
I have always thought that 911 was a diabolical "in house" job to convince the American people of the need for war...and that Bin Laden worked for us.
 
 
+26 # flippancy 2013-03-20 20:20
Quoting Susan1989:
I have always thought that 911 was a diabolical "in house" job to convince the American people of the need for war...and that Bin Laden worked for us.


I think it more likely that they had intel which showed it was about to happen, so they sent all our interceptors out of the country for a "training exercise." It would be hard to execute 9/11 without word getting out, but ignoring it would be a lot easier. And remember them saying who could have expected an attack by commercial aircraft even though they had been warned of exactly that which led to Bush staying on a yacht instead of the hotel they were scheduled to stay in for the summit.
 
 
+45 # in deo veritas 2013-03-20 15:12
He cannot hide from justice. God will get him, hopefully sooner than later.
 
 
+76 # indian weaver 2013-03-20 12:12
Somebody needs to organize millions of us who will cheer and celebrate when dubya and dick die. I might consider doing that organizing, and charging each person $1 to join.Then I'd rake in maybe $2 Billion worldwide? or more!
 
 
+25 # mdhome 2013-03-20 17:11
Oh, $2 billion EASY
 
 
+49 # Interested Observer 2013-03-20 12:13
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
 
 
+134 # REDPILLED 2013-03-20 12:22
Because the U.S. war on Iraq was an illegal war of aggression (), based on lies and propaganda, 100% of Halliburton's war profits should be confiscated and used for rebuilding Iraq and treating the Iraqi and U.S. victims of the war. In a civilized, just world, that is what would happen. Unfortunately, the world run by war criminals such as Cheney and his cronies in D.C., from Obama/Biden through Congress through the Supreme Court, will never act in such a just, sensible way. They are too power-mad and greedy.
 
 
+57 # Helen 2013-03-20 13:25
And yet I hear that there is an "accountability " project going on in Great Britain. Why can't we have that here too?
 
 
+32 # NOMINAE 2013-03-20 16:53
Quoting Helen:
And yet I hear that there is an "accountability" project going on in Great Britain. Why can't we have that here too?


Who would possibly *run* such a Project ? This Congress and this President ?

This President who keeps promising "Transparency" from inside his opaque and secretive Administration ? This Justice Dept. that finds legal rationale to kill Americans on American soil without due process ?

This article, while presenting little that was not already known, is an absolute jewel in helping people to understand that this War was a GRAND excuse for the Bushies to raid the U.S. Treasury, run up debt with China, and spread all that wealth around among the 1% Type War Profiteers. It was a "giveaway" to the war-for-profit crowd. Yup, the benefits of "Privatization" .

And how strange is it that the Bush Admin was so top-heavy with Oil Execs ? You know ..... Cheney from Halliburton, Condi "Mushroom Cloud" Rice from Chevron, G.W. Bush from two ruined Oil Companies...... . ?

"Shocking ....... shocking, I say...."
 
 
+3 # topper 2014-02-15 22:50
And Senator Hillary too! She was a leader in the push for war!
 
 
+148 # jon 2013-03-20 12:27
It seems to me that there is something deeply unconstitutiona l about private contractors doing the tasks that the military formerly did.

I, for one, would be extremely pissed if I was a soldier in a war zone making the pittance that they make, working alongside a private contractor making big bucks.

NOBODY should profit like this from a war.
 
 
+86 # pegasus4508 2013-03-20 13:17
Add to that fact that even then, the Republican House would not increase military pay- these people have NO SHAME. All game, no shame.
 
 
+48 # Interested Observer 2013-03-20 14:36
Our soldiers do not have a super-PAC.
 
 
+45 # NOMINAE 2013-03-20 16:31
Quoting pegasus4508:
Add to that fact that even then, the Republican House would not increase military pay- these people have NO SHAME. All game, no shame.


You have certainly called *that* one correctly !

Shame ? To these people shame is a concept appropriate only to children and weak-kneed adults.

In business there is a saying about people who cannot keep
an eye on the "bottom line", consequences be damned :

" If you can't 'swim with the Sharks, you had better get out of the water."

If you can't eat everything in front of you with cold-eyed efficiency, then you need to find a job in another field.

Just like the "Young Turks" at Enron during the glory days who not only ripped people off charging them for electrical power that people were not getting, but who were gleeful to imagine that they were "stealing from retired little old Grandmas". This is what they were *proud of* ! They considered that proof of being a "real" Shark.

To this crowd, compassion, shame - basically all human traits in general - are considered grievous weaknesses, and are viewed with sneering derision and contempt. And, of course, Wall Street *invented* this business "ethos", and it spread through Corporate Culture like wildfire. Considering cut-throat greed, corruption, and rigged competition as virtues.

This is why the Enron "Turks" were proud to call themselves "The brightest boys in the room" ! Yeah.... all game, no shame indeed ! You have nailed it.
 
 
+1 # topper 2014-02-15 22:48
Sort of like George Soros and how he got his money.
 
 
+22 # gotabrain 2013-03-20 13:28
America the beautiful!
 
 
+24 # in deo veritas 2013-03-20 15:15
Not any more except in the eyes of the beholder( the defense contractors, banksters, neocons, and their puppets in DC. Damn them all! Sadly unless we put them out of business we too will be damned as willing accomplices to their egregious and manifold wickedness.
 
 
+22 # Madmedic 2013-03-20 18:11
Quoting in deo veritas:
. Damn them all! Sadly unless we put them out of business we too will be damned as willing accomplices to their egregious and manifold wickedness.


I'm afraid it may already be too late for us, the American people. Our government has pissed off and terrified so many in the world that eventually we may be attacked with biological weapons or some other assymetrical type of weapon that we haven't even conceived of yet and the rest of the world will stand back and laugh and say,"serves them right" right before they suffer the same fate as us.

Yes, we can beat any type of conventional military threat, but do we really think that anyone else in the world is going to shed a tear for the late, great USofA if such a fate were to befall us? Foreigners I've met seem to like Americans as individuals, but they see our government as a mad dog that needs to be put down for "the good of the neighborhood." Will our enemies be as discriminating?
 
 
+86 # AlabamaIndigo 2013-03-20 12:29
You may recall news stories from 2009 revealing that KBR, this profitable offshoot from Halliburton, was the contractor responsible for faulty wiring which resulted in the deaths by electrocution of 16 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq. They reportedly had cut corners and hired inadequately trained electricians to wire the Soldiers' bathrooms, and tragedy ensued. But they were mighty profitable contractors, according to this article. One wonders how any of them can sleep nights.
 
 
+33 # DPM 2013-03-20 13:23
In comfortable beds, no doubt.
 
 
+33 # in deo veritas 2013-03-20 15:18
Easy-they have no souls but how can we sleep nights when we let them get away with their crimes? Maybe we have sold ours and that of our government to the highest bidder. Faust had nothing on us.
 
 
+32 # angelfish 2013-03-20 15:35
Quoting AlabamaIndigo:
You may recall news stories from 2009 revealing that KBR, this profitable offshoot from Halliburton, was the contractor responsible for faulty wiring which resulted in the deaths by electrocution of 16 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq. They reportedly had cut corners and hired inadequately trained electricians to wire the Soldiers' bathrooms, and tragedy ensued. But they were mighty profitable contractors, according to this article. One wonders how any of them can sleep nights.

Sleep? SLEEP? They DON'T "sleep", they hang by their claws, upside-down from the ceiling of their caves!
 
 
+63 # sapereaudeprime 2013-03-20 12:31
This lowborn, ill-bred and barely-educated soulless whore of Mammon should really be tried for treason, and given the old-fashioned execution for treason: partial flambéing, partial strangling, disembowelling, and then quartering by teams of draft horses pulling on his arms and legs. Were that done publicly to Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz, we might see better behavior by their successors.
 
 
+46 # DPM 2013-03-20 13:25
We couldn't rely on our justice system to do it. Iraq should issue warrants for their arrest and we should expedite extradition and let justice prevail in the country that suffered the most from their actions.
 
 
+68 # reiverpacific 2013-03-20 12:49
Again, from an earlier post today.
"I've repeated almost to the point of being a bore on RSN and other publications, that the concept of the "Green Zone" -biggest US embassy in the world and it's compound which can be seen from space, didn't just pop up out of nowhere but must have been conceived, designed, planned, final designed and approved by a vast network of US high-ups well before construction started.
I'm an Architect (or was when there was work) with extensive overseas experienced, although NOT in the Middle East admittedly, and know how long the progression of different phases takes here, never mind the wheedling, bribery and corruption, covert "Joint-Venture/ Technology Transfer" partnerships required in almost any other country no matter what the motive.
This and the "Non-Bid" KBR and Haliburton contractual nepotism re Cheney may even account for the "Missing Iraqui Billions" never found (and much the appallingly shoddy, short-cut work resulting in the deaths of some troops).
I've asked pundit after pundit on talk shows and paper this question and have yet to receive a clear, rational response, which may serve to prove by that very fact that there is a substantial amount of truth to it.
Sorry to be so repetitive but it makes me nuts that nobody has looked at this and it's implications in the cronyism of the administration of the time,
 
 
+32 # pegasus4508 2013-03-20 13:18
Preach on and thank you!
 
 
+25 # in deo veritas 2013-03-20 15:20
BRAVO! You are dead right on target!
 
 
+55 # James Marcus 2013-03-20 12:51
Prosecute for Crimes Against Humanity
 
 
+50 # fredboy 2013-03-20 13:08
Looks like Cheney + Co. won and all the rest of us lost. And we as a nation allowed it.
 
 
+9 # reiverpacific 2013-03-22 10:41
Quoting fredboy:
Looks like Cheney + Co. won and all the rest of us lost. And we as a nation allowed it.

Mostly 'cause the owner-media chose to ignore or not report what was going on under their noses and that includes PBS, whose head at the time was Michael Powell, Colin's son and who tried to dismantle it.
 
 
+44 # Morris Townson 2013-03-20 13:13
This is a quote from O'Neill "at President Bush's very first National Security Council meeting is one of O'Neill's most startling revelations.

"From the very beginning, there was a conviction, that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," says O'Neill, who adds that going after Saddam was topic "A" 10 days after the inauguration - eight months before Sept. 11.

"From the very first instance, it was about Iraq. It was about what we can do to change this regime," says Suskind. "Day one, these things were laid and sealed. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/01/09/60minutes/main592330.shtml
 
 
+19 # in deo veritas 2013-03-20 15:23
What will we think when someone out in the real world thinks or says the same thing about us? Do you really think it hasn't already been said many times already?
 
 
+22 # reiverpacific 2013-03-20 20:01
Quoting Morris Townson:
This is a quote from O'Neill "at President Bush's very first National Security Council meeting is one of O'Neill's most startling revelations.

"From the very beginning, there was a conviction, that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," says O'Neill, who adds that going after Saddam was topic "A" 10 days after the inauguration - eight months before Sept. 11.

"From the very first instance, it was about Iraq. It was about what we can do to change this regime," says Suskind. "Day one, these things were laid and sealed. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/01/09/60minutes/main592330.shtml

I like the term "Bad person"! But then he was OUR "Bad person" for long enough during and after the Iran/Iraq war until he had the effrontery to go on his own and keep some of the oil profits for his own country (including himself), brutal sanctions notwithstanding , which did S.H. no harm at all but the 500,000 dead children were "worth the price" according to Madeline Allbright! A bit like Iran's Mohammed Mossadegu in 1953 -so he had to go!
Now if you want to talk about "Bad persons" start at Dimwits and work down through the appalling administration he stuck the US with after his "selection".
I wish I could get substantially profitable work and funding with a resumé showing that I'd screwed up everything I'd even attempted in my whole, miserably protected frat-boy and incurious life.
But no -I really don't.
 
 
+27 # grouchy 2013-03-20 13:20
What a sweet guy--totally. I'd like to get my cut of a percentage of those buckaroos--dona te it to some WORTHY cause--like sending some of these assholes to prison!
 
 
+23 # MendoChuck 2013-03-20 13:22
WHEW! . . . .
For a while there I was thinking that maybe The Iraq War was wasted. Sure glad another politician was doing their job . . . .

Now where do you suppose the other 2 or 3 Hundred Billion was spent?
 
 
+17 # Midwestgeezer 2013-03-20 13:26
What the hell, if you had a license to steal what would you have done? I wonder how he got the license...
 
 
+27 # in deo veritas 2013-03-20 15:24
We the sheeple through our stupidity and cowardice handed him the license to kill and the blood is on our hands.
 
 
+67 # bobdevo 2013-03-20 13:27
As CEO of Halliburton, Darth Cheney neglected to perform due diligence before purchasing asbestos-relate d companies. When the full extent of Halliburton's liabilities were discovered, the company was on the brink of bankruptcy, and Cheney's options were worth about $250k. Once he had the Iraq War in place, he called the Pentagon and ordered the no-bid deals, then sold his options for more than $8,000,000.00, or, about $1,782.00 for every American killed in Iraq. He deserved a life-time suite in Leavenworth rather than a life-time pension paid by the taxpayers.
 
 
+25 # seeuingoa 2013-03-20 13:41
good idea indian weawer!

and if you take 10 dollars per person
I am sure you will collect 20 billions
easily.

Then give them to Iraq with a big sorry
from the rest of the world.
 
 
+9 # indian weaver 2013-03-20 13:55
I'm working on it (see my report above). In fact, I'm offering this idea for sale for $1 million, so someone else can do the heavy lifting and they can earn the $2 billion. $1 million will be enough for me. Any takers?
 
 
0 # seeuingoa 2013-03-21 10:35
Quoting indian weaver:
I'm working on it (see my report above). In fact, I'm offering this idea for sale for $1 million, so someone else can do the heavy lifting and they can earn the $2 billion. $1 million will be enough for me. Any takers?

Quoting indian weaver:
I'm working on it (see my report above). In fact, I'm offering this idea for sale for $1 million, so someone else can do the heavy lifting and they can earn the $2 billion. $1 million will be enough for me. Any takers?


No takers please! Halliburton earned money on the war and now you (indian weawer) also. Don´t disappoint us.


ALL money to the Iraquiens they have deserved them.


The five architects of the war Bush,Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Rove
will of course not die at the same time,
so the idea could be expanded to five
different collections, one each time one of these bastards go to hell.

It wouldn´t either be much of a heavy lifting to open a bank account where the
only access would be a notary public and
not any private person.

I could do it and I will think about it!
 
 
-6 # topper 2014-02-15 22:45
You forgot Senator Hillary Clinton's push for the war. She was the main architect.
 
 
+36 # moby doug 2013-03-20 13:42
Cheney put million$ in Halliburton stock in a "blind trust" when he stepped down as CEO and picked himself to be Vice President. I wish this article had stated how much that "blind trust" grew while Cheney forked over billion$ in no-bid contracts to Halliburton/KBR . When Cheney ran Halliburton, he made the very bad move of acquiring an asbestos company burdened by billion$ in liabilities from pending suits. When he ran Amerika for the dozing Bush, he acquired a $2,000,000,000, 000 liability called the Iraq War. At least he's catastrophicall y consistent.
 
 
-6 # topper 2014-02-15 22:43
Cheney sold the Halliburton stock and options. Its very easy to look it up if you wanted to. I guess you get off on your hatred. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/08/dick-cheney-halliburton-supreme-court
 
 
+1 # ProfPaul 2014-09-13 02:23
The following is from the Guardian article you linked to:

Cheney cashed in his remaining stock options gradually, starting with selling 100,000 Halliburton shares in May 2000, for an immediate profit of $3m. In 2005, Cheney exercised most of what remained of his Halliburton stock options for a $6.9m profit, all of which he donated to charity. (Most of it was donated to the Richard B Cheney Cardiac Institute at George Washington University.)

The paragraph preceding the above quote mentions that he had $39 million in stock options. He began selling off his stock in 2000, sold the remaining $6.9 of it in 2005 and gave that amount to charity. That leaves another $29 million sold off between 2000 and 2005. Probably more than $29 million since I'm sure the value of the stock went up when Haliburton was awarded no-bid contracts.
 
 
+17 # cordleycoit 2013-03-20 13:50
Chany cass no shadow in the sun light.
 
 
+20 # Paul Scott 2013-03-20 14:09
At least Hitler had balls enough to turn out his own light of darkness.
 
 
+35 # Susan1989 2013-03-20 14:17
This is sickening. Yet the American people swallowed it all...and have been living in denial...just as the Germans did in WWII. Eisenhower warned us that this would happen. Times are different...its scarey, very scarey to hit the streets and protest.
 
 
+20 # DaveM 2013-03-20 14:45
And guess who spent that money? Without being asked whether they wanted it spent that way...indeed, without being given a choice as to whether to spent it or not. I would like a refund, please.
 
 
+21 # hammermann 2013-03-20 14:48
You must wonder where the LURPS and Marine Scouts are, who saw their friends killed for absolutely nothing but the Dick's war profiteering, and drunk Dubya's Oedipal need to show up his father.
 
 
+9 # Madmedic 2013-03-20 17:45
Quoting hammermann:
You must wonder where the LURPS and Marine Scouts are, who saw their friends killed for absolutely nothing but the Dick's war profiteering, and drunk Dubya's Oedipal need to show up his father.


Sad to say, I imagine a few are employed as the Dick's and Dubya's personal bodyguards via Blackwater or some such. You know, can't trust those Secret Service Agents. They are, after all, civil servants and therefore suspect!
 
 
+25 # Paul Scott 2013-03-20 14:54
No one living today will ever know the true $$$$ cost, of the Iraq or Afghan Wars; and a $$$ value cannot be placed on the human suffering from the wars. However, Bush/Cheney's problem is that GOD knows who done what, before, during and through the ongoing draw-downs.

Furthermore, giving some money to charity only appeases the corrupt mind, but GOD is not into bribery; Cheney's date with God's court will straighten Cheney out about whose in charge.

The sadder part of the Iraq War is that both Bush and Cheney admits to authorizing torture and we know that the torture led to murder in a number of cases and this nation has done nothing about it; and republicans are worried that “In God We Trust” will disappear from this nation’s money???? Now we know what’s wrong with the nation!!!!!!!!
 
 
+31 # X Dane 2013-03-20 15:14
I don't know if you remember that ALL the contracts with Halliburton and KBR was NO BID....I think that is the correct term..
Nobody else could bid on the contracts, so there was NO COMPETITION.

The American taxpayers were forced to pay what these vultures, merchants of death were demanding....We are STILL paying for it. And many service people paid with their lives, when they were electrocuted in the showers, because of the incompetent work of these companies.

The water they were contracted to provide was often bad quality, and made our service people seriously ill.
They have a lot on their conscience. But I don't think they give a damn.
 
 
-9 # topper 2014-02-15 22:41
You should read about the contracts. They are cost plus so no bid is necessary. And what other company could do that work?
 
 
+30 # giraffee2012 2013-03-20 15:23
AGAIN: Citizens United must be overturned to get big $ out of government. Corporations have 1st amendment rights by contributing money to BUY politicians but we cannot hold them accountable when they commit crimes as in "TOO BIG TO JAIL" ---

Call your congress people DAILY and make sure they get behind Bernie Sanders' bill to have a new amendment that overturns the Supremes' 2010 decision to allow "SUPER PACS" etc. And threaten these elected officials with your gang will make sure he/she is not re-elected.

It's a start. I live in an area with GOP/TP representatives to the House (although both my Senators are DEMS - Boxer/Feinstein ) -- and I (and my Dem friends) call my TP/GOP rep about 3x / week.
 
 
+29 # fengshui 2013-03-20 15:24
The really sad commentary on all of this is that the contracts for rebuilding After the war…were put in place Before the war ever started….
 
 
+27 # angelfish 2013-03-20 15:27
Allowing ANY company connected to ANY Politician to profit from the decisions of their Cretinous, unethical cronies SHOULD be illegal! WHY isn't it? This is a Monumental Disgrace and flies in the face of reason and fair play. It is also TOTALLY disgusting and immoral! WHERE is Justice?
 
 
+15 # hillwright 2013-03-20 15:49
Heck, all we need is a new plastic magnetic "ribbon". Maybe "Support the Truth" or "Jail Cheney".
Any better ideas?
 
 
+25 # Rcomm 2013-03-20 16:04
During the Cheney administration, NPR aired a segment on Halliburton trucks making runs empty and charging the government.
That was the last time there was any similar news, evidence that Dickie didn't want us to know how his company was moving money from the American taxpayer to the wealthy.
 
 
+52 # Dixiechicksrevenge 2013-03-20 17:05
Not all of us were deceived! We were just called unamerican and traitors if we spoke out!
 
 
+28 # chipshot65 2013-03-20 17:39
This guy is our closest match to Hitler. It is amazing that the atrocities he's committed he's not in jail. He deserved the same fate as Saddam Hussein! What a damn degenerate!
 
 
+16 # 2lilluc 2013-03-21 04:59
Cheney has no morals, no conscience, just pure evil. As you said, "What a damn degenerate!"
 
 
+27 # JSRaleigh 2013-03-20 17:58
Bush administration unilaterally cut Veteran's medical benefits in 2004 because they "couldn't afford" to give Iraq Veterans the level of care afforded to Vietnam Veterans. But they also cut them for career soldiers who had already earned those benefits.
 
 
+17 # X Dane 2013-03-20 23:49
JSRaleigh.

Yes you are right, and Bush cut their medical benefits and I believe also other benefits, he was ALWAYS using the military as a backdrop while giving speeches, and he loved telling us that he was a WAR PRESIDENT.

Before he was even running for president, he mentioned to some friends that if you wanted to be considered a great president, you had to be a WAR PRESIDENT.

Let's see MR. Bush, how's that working for ya??? It sure did NOT work for the country or for us, the citizens We all have to pay with blood of our sons,daughters, mothers and fathers,.... and a horrible amount of treasure.
Our children and grandchildren will be seriously affected by Mr. Bush's hubris.
 
 
-8 # topper 2014-02-15 22:37
That was Obama? http://www.inquisitr.com/200985/obama-to-cut-medical-benefits-for-active-retired-military-not-union-workers/
 
 
+18 # da gaf 2013-03-20 18:56
according to Christianity all Cheney and the idiot Bush has to do is pray for forgiveness to Jesus for what they did!..what a bunch of crap!so what about all of the victims of this evil President and Vice President..they didn't desire to die! THAT WHY I CAN NOT SEE ANYTHING TRUTHFUL OF THIS Religion..all created by the priests..same with all the other 300 religions- in three thousand years of so-called civilization there has been over 5,000 wars fought and 99% have been fought because of the different beliefs of these phony religions..thes e religions have not contributed anything to mankind except guilt,misery and fear..they all have become the real curse of this planet.
 
 
-13 # topper 2014-02-15 22:35
Sen Hillary Clinton led the war charge.
 
 
+13 # mikenovember 2013-03-20 19:30
Whatever happened to divesting all portfolios representing even the hint of conflict, etc!!!

mikenovember
San Antonio
 
 
-6 # topper 2014-02-15 22:34
Cheney Did sell all his stock.
 
 
+12 # Pollard 2013-03-20 19:31
Every Democrat in DC knew there were no WMD. They knew $3 trillion dollars would be stolen from US taxpayers. They knew Scott Ritter and Hans Blix were 100%. right about no WMD. They knew opposing the Israeli lobby is political suicide in the USA.

So Democrats support every single war, or initiate it, for the the Military/Securi ty Complex and the central bankers.

Obama's FBI is locking up peace movement leaders throughout the USA. Three million displaced Iraqi women and children translates into hundreds of millions of acts of prostitution so they can eat.

Cheney two weeks ago was gushing over Obama's death drone policy on the Sunday morning talk shows.
 
 
-7 # topper 2014-02-15 22:34
Read about Chemical Ali and WMD he used to kill the 40,000 dead Kurds. Read about the chemical weapons used in the war between Iran and Iraq.
 
 
+20 # spenel334 2013-03-20 19:58
spenel334
I don't believe 9/11 was an inside job as someone suggested, but I do believe it could have been prevented. Richard Clark tried desperately to tell Condoleeza Rice or anyone in that administration of Al Queda's danger, but they were so convinced that Clinton was a terrible president, that they refused to even see him. When I remember Rice talking about the mushroom cloud, or Bush, in his state of the union speech referring to the Iraqis as having been to Nigeria to buy nuclear grade uranium, after that had been accepted by that administration, as a false rumor, I get ill. Why is it so many can tell egregious lies with enormous consequences and get away with it, I don't understand.
 
 
+24 # flippancy 2013-03-20 20:16
Before the war my wife in a college class was doing a report on Halliburton and showed that it was bankrupt and hiding that fact with Enron type math. Of course this was before Enron was connected with Enron type math, but....

How fortunate for Darth Cheney that the war just coincidentally happened, huh?
 
 
+15 # phrixus 2013-03-20 20:21
Without a doubt I will be hoisting more than just a single pint in celebration of Cheney's ultimate demise.
 
 
+26 # flippancy 2013-03-20 20:31
Before Truman was Vice President he was charged with assuring corporations were not allowed to reap huge profits from supplying war materials and supplies. He did a great job. Corporations made decent profit from their work, but no killings, no pun intended.

Where is a Truman now that one is so desparately needed?
 
 
-5 # topper 2014-02-15 22:31
The contracts now are cost plus. You should educate yourself about the profits before you go ballistic.
 
 
+20 # hourglass 2013-03-20 21:52
Take a look at the photographs from the war on this gallery -- the human cost of war. Death, mutilation and suffering for years to come and then think about Cheney and his pals making billions off of that.

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/03/iraq-wars-10th-anniversary-occupation-and-insurgency/100476/
 
 
+15 # Peace Anonymous 2013-03-20 23:12
We get the bill, they get the profit. Have you figured out this game called war yet? Weapons, oil, and drugs. And we pay for it.
Killing innocent people for profit.... Heroic isn't it?
 
 
-5 # topper 2014-02-15 22:30
Peace is a blind hater? Read about Halliburton. Its contracts are cost plus. And with a bad investment they lost money during this time. Meanwhile Apple is shipping jobs overseas. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/08/dick-cheney-halliburton-supreme-court
 
 
0 # ProfPaul 2014-09-13 02:31
I think you need to re-read the article you posted. Nowhere does it say they lost money during "this time", that is during the war in Iraq. The losses occurred prior to the war in Irag. And the article points out that Cheney retired with $39 million in stock options.
 
 
+21 # Peace Anonymous 2013-03-20 23:14
And Halliburton may be based out of Houston but their international office is in the Cayman Islands. Your tax dollar at work.
 
 
+22 # 2lilluc 2013-03-21 04:54
What continues to disgust and amaze me is why this man is not in jail? He is the ultimate criminal and if ever the devil walked among us, it is Dick Cheney.
 
 
+5 # LGNTexas 2014-06-18 19:45
The USA is not a member of the ICC, International Criminal Court (along with Israel and Sudan) that operates in The Hague, Netherlands. There are 122 member nations. Therefore the Dick is not subject to international law. However, he must be careful traveling abroad, looking over his shoulder. Can't be fun.
Some Canadians would like to get hold of him.
 
 
+12 # swamiwilly 2013-03-21 09:28
Even if you've seen it already, watch again "Iraq For Sale" Long section on just how Halliburton conned us all.
 
 
+15 # kalpal 2013-03-21 10:30
With this generation's tricky Dicky it was all about money. Cheney knew that no WMDs were going to be found in Iraq but that lots of money would be made by his former corporation which he failed to make very profitable while he ran it.
 
 
+8 # KingofthePaupers 2013-03-21 13:51
Jct: So the yankees spent $2,000,000,000, 000, the Cheney Gang got 40,000,000,000 so that's $2 million and Cheney got $40,000 for each of the million Iraqis he helped kill! Who says killing people isn't profitable?
 
 
+13 # maddog2112 2013-03-21 16:54
There's your redistribution of wealth that the lying right wingers are always accusing the left of! Let's not forget tricky dick moving haliburton headquarters to Dubai as to avoid paying taxes on his blood money!I hope that piece of trash and his daughter are haunted the rest of their lives by all of the dead soldiers who thought they were dying for flag,country, and apple pie!!!!
 
 
+12 # Depressionborn 2013-03-22 01:55
I we want to identify reason for Iraq, simply find what changed. Same reasoning for 911.

Sadam Husain is dead. He threatened our oil supply and the petro $; our Mideast hegemony survives. Shame on us.

The USA is no longer ours. A military/ industrial complex and the banksters own it now. We sold it for "security" and 30 pieces of silver. We will lose both now.
 
 
+6 # seahawk 2013-07-27 17:32
The sad thing is most of the work that was done to rebuild the infrastructure of Iraq was not finished. Empty buildings, no power, no plumbing. A big waste of time.
 
 
0 # Reggie 2014-02-12 09:18
For all you who don't know. Cheney resigned from Halliburton before the Iraq War. Idiots!!!!!!!!
 
 
+1 # ProfPaul 2014-09-13 02:33
And had $39 million in stock options and he didn't sell of his remaining stock in Haliburton until 2005, two years after the start of the war.
 
 
-4 # topper 2014-02-15 22:27
Reggie is so right. Cheney sold all his stock and options before running. Halliburton lost money! You haters are not too business savvy. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/08/dick-cheney-halliburton-supreme-court
 
 
+2 # ProfPaul 2014-09-13 02:35
As I mentioned in a previous post, you need to read the article you've posted. According to the article you posted, Cheney still had stock in Haliburton in 2005 and nowhere does it say that Haliburton lost money during the war in Iraq.
 
 
+7 # walt 2014-05-26 09:57
And all this is living proof that Americans will passively accept anything they are told like the lies told to invade Iraq!

Meanwhile not a soul is demanding at least a full investigation or a trial. 4500 killed, nearly a million disabilities, a massive deficit, and the party that committed the crime screaming about the VA!

What's wrong with the American people?
 
 
+3 # lunchbox2643 2014-06-27 07:29
The problem with all wars and occupation forces is sooner or later you run out of other peoples kids to fight them.
 
 
0 # mr111 2014-10-09 21:20
look up Rothschild is.. they are responsible for everything going on
 

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