April 09, 2004
The Business of War is Business

There's a soldier's blog that's made me absolutely stop thinking about my own stupid problems for a few hours. It's what Mr. Foucault referred to as a "liminal horizon," the place where people disappear not from view, but from imagination itself. I think it's impossible to imagine Iraq, but this blogger's got some good concrete images.

One particular point relevant to others we've made here is about the problems between the female soldiers and the Dick Cheney-related corporations that our tax dollars pay for in Iraq. Since the army doesn't seem to have jurisdiction over these companies, female soldiers (like the blogger) are dealing with sexual harassment by Brown and Root (Halliburton) and there's little to do about it.

And thank god all the infrastructure has been outsourced, otherwise the hell that soldiers go through just to take a shit could be blamed on the military, and not a publicly traded company.

As she herself writes here: "It’s like the stories one reads about in the Civil War, where corrupt defense contractors sold exorbitantly-priced cardboard boots to the Army in winter."

"Halliburton: Leading the Way to Darwin." You bet.

Posted by kevin slavin at April 09, 2004 03:22 AM

see also this history of the business of war, from WWI, "War is a Racket."

Posted by: kevin slavin on April 9, 2004 05:14 PM
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