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Friday, December 12, 2003


Oxblog on Reconstruction Contracts

posted by Brian Ulrich at Friday, December 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The ability of the Bush administration to frustrate even its more knowledgeable supporters continues unabated:

"Those are the words of a corporate mercenary. Those are the words of a man without vision. America earns it wealth from the creativity of its entrepreneurs, not the blood of its soldiers. Many European nations supported the invasion of Iraq because they share our vision of global security, not because they wanted a handout.

"Moreover, why should an American corporation benefit from the sacrifices of an American soldier? The 82nd Airborne was fighting for freedom and security, not for Halliburton. Thus, the President owes it to the 82nd and to all of America's fighting men and women to what is in the interest of freedom and security."


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