A muckraking investigation of one of the largest oil contractors, "Halliburton's Army" explores the Byzantine nature of Halliburton and shows the extraordinary reach of its many tentacles around the Middle East and around the worldHalliburton has become a synonym for corruption and profiteering thanks to the lucrative, 'no-bid' contracts that this Texas company has won since the invasion of Iraq, thanks to its ties to Vice President Dick Cheney, a former Halliburton CEO. But beyond these highly-publicized acts of corporate malfeasance, a veil of secrecy surrounds Halliburton. "Halliburton's Army" is the first book to show, in shocking detail, how Halliburton really does business, chronicling Halliburton's role from the summer of 2002, in the run-up to the Iraq invasion, over the period of the next six years.Pratap Chatterjee - one of the world's leading authorities on corporate crime, fraud and corruption - shows how Halliburton won and then lost its contracts in Iraq; what Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld did for their business cronies at Halliburton to help them win no-bid contracts in Iraq, and who the company paid off in the U.S.
Congress; how the same Pentagon officials who issued Halliburton's no-bid contracts before the war conspired to give the company generous helpings of billions of dollars from Iraq's own oil revenue. We get a vivid, inside look into the Pentagon meetings where actual decisions got made to send Halliburton to Iraq (not to mention Somalia, Yugoslavia, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, and most recently New Orleans).
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A sordid tale of politics and profiteering, courtesy of the Bush administration and a compliant military.The Halliburton Corporation, of which Dick Cheney was chief executive before becoming Bush's vice president, is estimated to have provided more than 720 million meals to American service personnel, driven 400 million miles of convoy missions and made many billions of dollars for its work as the Pentagon's principal subcontractor. This relationship was born when Cheney, as secretary of defense for George H.W. Bush, came up with a creative-accounting way to comply with a congressional mandate to trim the military budget and privatize a big chunk of the war machine. Whereas during the First Gulf War there was one civilian contractor for every 100 soldiers, writes investigative journalist Chatterjee (Iraq, Inc., 2004), the ratio is now nearly one to one. If Cheney's maneuvering sounds a little conflict-of-interest - laden, it seems to have bothered no one in Washington until late in the prosecution of the Iraq War. Said one Pentagon whistleblower of the tainted procurement process, no-bid contracting and billions of dollars lost (and billions more earned fraudulently through various schemes), "the interest of a corporation not the interests of American soldiers or American taxpayers, seemed to be paramount." Chatterjee documents the malfeasance down to the penny; the book is data-rich and heavily footnoted, to the extent that it reads more like a treatise than a work of narrative journalism. Yet Chatterjee tells intriguing stories alongside the compendia of numbers, dates and names. He documents, without much commentary, some of the ironies that emerge in the Halliburton story, among them Cheney's machinations to keep Iran open for Halliburton business while loudly putting sanctions in place - and claiming that the Iran hanky-panky was legal because it was conducted "by a foreign-owned subsidiary based in the Cayman Islands."A report that deserves many readers, about matters that deserve many indictments. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Pratap Chatterjee
Pratap Chatterjee is an investigative journalist and producer. He is the author of Iraq Inc.: A Profitable Occupation and The Earth Brokers. He has many years of experience working in radio, print and digital media, including hosting a weekly radio show on Berkeley station KPFA, working as global environment editor for InterPress Service and as a freelance writer for the Financial Times, the Guardian and the Independent. He has won several awards for his work in Afghanistan. He lives in Oakland, California.