The Cost of Doing Business

The Cost of Doing Business

I suppose that there are those that haven't heard about all the developments going on over at the Pentagon. And no, I am not talking about those in the Pentagon that have their panties in a bunch over a cartoon either. (Oh to draw the ire of the Pentagon like Tom Toles.)

According to soldiers serving in Iraq (or soon to be) were told that they can't wear the commerically available body armor known as, Pinnacle Dragon Skin. According to the same folks that have their panties in a bunch about a cartoon have decided that soldiers wearing body armor that they have purchased (cause we know that the military hasn't had difficulty in providing the troops with the proper body armor) that they will lose their SLGI benefits.

According to the top brass, any soldier that is killed in the field wearing the commercially purchased armor could lose the $400,000 death benefits. Those not killed, could find themselves facing disciplinary action for wearing armor not issued by Uncle Sam.

And to make matters worse, Halli-(no-bid)-burton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) provided contaminated water from the Euphrates River that they didn't bother to chemically treat. According to the internal company e-mail from Will Granger, KBR's water quality manager for Iraq and Kuwait,
We exposed a base camp population (military and civilian) to a water source that was not treated. The level of contamination was roughly 2x the normal contamination of untreated water from the Euphrates River.
I suppose the fact that the water was only used by soldiers for laundry, bathing, shaving and making coffee we should say, "What's the problem." It was only a year or so that the soldiers were exposed to the contaminated water. No harm, no foul.

What is the big deal anyway. It wasn't like the no-bid contracts given to Halliburton and KBR were supposed to be followed verbatim. After all this is just government work. I'll bet the guys over at KBR are all familiar with the saying, "Close enough for government work."


Blogger Damien said...

Ahem, maybe someone should tell the Pentagon to start purchasing better vests, surely the grunts know what offers better protection.

Honestly theres better stuff out there on the civilian market (better plate sleeves in more positions lots of options for loadout).

Ahhhh but to the other subject, I'm kinda musing about the Mohommad cartoons and came to the conclusion that it would probably be incredibly wrong to do a pic - how bout yourself?

2/05/2006 4:50 PM  
Blogger M A F said...

Damien, while I haven't had the need to draw a cartoon of Mohommad, I can't expect others not to. (I admit that I thought about drawing something up but decided against it at the moment.) I happened to see all the cartoons in question and I have to say that I thought that some were over the top while others lacked malice.

It is my believe that religion as a whole is subject to cartoon commentary. When that moment arises...

2/05/2006 8:02 PM  

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