This is interesting material. Naturally, this doesn't prove anything at all. It is EXACTLY the type of thing that many people suspected, however. All I know about Halliburton and Cheney is that the NYTimes says that Halliburton made illegal payments to him in the milion dollar range and I know of no response, and no retraction. I won't trust anything I hear about Halliburton and Cheney until that's cleared up. Unconnected people go to jail for things like this.
I don't really find anything odd about it. I expect that all "connected" companies will get their chances soon enough. No matter who won this particular contract, we would have noticed that they were politically connected. Energy and oil companies were going to play in this arena sooner or later, anyway. This win will raise Halliburton stock: payments of $8+ billion in just 12-18 months and then the possibility of trying to raise the production levels to pump out a maximum amount of oil before handing it back. I'd guess that should be at least a 50% markup that feeds executive profits. Do you think they'll use any of the, say $4billion in potential profits to pay back those who already lost millions in the company's old retirement funds, or will it go into executive bonuses and options?
It reminds me that our political leaders are just way too personally connected with friends in all business, not just the oil business. Same back during the Charles Keating (Savings & Loan) affair where billions of dollars were lost and yet several Reagan/Bush friends (and family) manged to keep profits and most hardly got a slap on the wrist. But this isn't a Republican thing. I can hardly believe the suggestion that because KBR's work in Bosnia was under Clinton, that this somehow tends to wash the hands of Bush/Cheney. Democrats and Republicans alike since Kennedy/Johnson have all found ways to personally benefit -- some more than others, of course.
I just think it's funny to imagine that these war plans for Iraq must have included conversations like: "Well, how close are we on those contracts for cleanup? ...Halliburton? Good, good. ...$8 BILLION? Dick'll be happy to hear that. ...Oh, he's already known for 2 weeks? He never told me, all he's said for the last two weeks is that we should just tell the UN to get out and start this thing early."