Waxman opens fire on Blackwater â€¦
December 12, 2006
A few months ago I wrote:
If you were to gather together the finest, most creative minds and ask them to come up with a plan to outsource the reconstruction of Iraq that would guarantee shoddy work, overcharges, unfinished projects and overt graft, they would probably devise a system very similar to what U.S. taxpayers have enjoyed -- to the tune of about $30 billion -- for the past three years.Enter Henry Waxman, incoming chair of the House Government Reform Committee, with a perfect example. He wants to know "why Blackwater USA" -- a premier modern mercenary firm -- "was paid so much for security work in Iraq -- and why, in fact, the North Carolina company was paid at all."
Taxpayers paid exorbitant prices for Blackwater's services, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman wrote in a letter to outgoing Defense Secretary Donald RumsfeldÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
The California congressman said that Blackwater's services were not just pricey, but prohibited, because the Army never authorized Blackwater or any other Halliburton subcontractors to guard convoys or carry weapons. Houston-based Halliburton has been paid at least $16 billion to provide food, lodging and other support for troops in Iraq, and $2.4 billion to work on Iraqi oil infrastructure.