by Benny Raymond
Three contractors from three heremetically sealed-off different enterprises of the Halliburton Corporation are bidding to fix up two-three meters of a blown-up fence around the “The Coalition Of the Willing” government-quarter in occupied downtown Iraq.
One is from the Halliburton front-office itself, another from a Halliburton money-laundering operation out of Liechtenstein and another is a Kurdish contractor, working as an unwitting cover for yet a third Halliburton dummy now temporarily operating out of Mosul in northern Iraq.
They go to examine the fence with a State Department official, assigned by Dr Rice to insure that the affirmative-action rules for in-country Kurdish contractors are enforced….
The Kurd hauls out a cubit-stick, does some figuring on a knotted string and says:
“Insh’Allah, I figure the job will run about $900 American. $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”
The Halliburton dummy also does some measuring with a laser-level and figuring on his pocket calculator, and says, “Jesus Christ on a cracker, we can do this job for $889.23. $397.04 for materials, $396.47 for labor, and $95.72 profit….
The Halliburton front-office rep doesn’t measure or figure, but simply leans over to the State Department official and hisses into his rather waxy ear:
The State Department man, incredulous, whispers hoarsely, “C’mon, you gotta give me a better schtik than THAT…you didn’t even measure up like the other guys! And, anyway, how in Hell did you come up with such a figure?”
The Halliburton VP whispers back, “That’s easy you big-government-giveaway brain sonofabitch…$18,845.16 for me, $18,845.15 for you — and we hire the laundryman AND the turban-turner to fix the bastard up between ’em!”
“Done!” replies the State department official, just glad that his affirmative-action troubles with Dr Rice have all now disappeared.
And that is how democracy gets done!
[Emmett R Smith all right reserved 23 February 2008]