Originally posted by OperaTenor: Hi DB,
Yes, KBR, a subsidiary of VP Dick Halliburton's Halliburton, is leading the pack of crony-owned, President PetroProfit administration-backing corporations to cash in on the disaster. Of course, it's only their domestic division. Their international boys are still too busy raking it in in Iraq.
Well if it's a Texas connection it goes back to the 1930's. Disclaimer - i didn't corroborate the claims in the following quote from Wikipedia.
Brown and Root was founded in Texas in 1919 by two brothers, George Brown and Herman Brown with money from their brother-in-law, Dan Root. The company began its operations by supervising the building of warships for the U.S. Navy.
One of its first large-scale projects, according to the book Cadillac Desert, was to build a dam on the Texas Colorado River near Austin during the Depression years. For assistance in federal payments, the company turned to the local congressman, Lyndon Baines Johnson.
During World War II, Brown & Root built the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station and a series of warships for the U.S. Government.
In 1947, Brown & Root built one of the world's first offshore platforms.
Following the death of Herman Brown, Halliburton acquired Brown & Root in December 1962. According to Dan Briody, who wrote a book on the subject, the company became part of a consortium of four companies that built about eighty-five per cent of the infrastructure needed by the Army during the Vietnam War. At the height of the war resistance movement of the '60s, Brown & Root was derided as "Burn & Loot" by protesters and soldiers.
Brown and Root had a well-documented relationship with U.S. President Lyndon Johnson which began when he used his position as a Texas congressman to assist them in landing a lucrative dam contract. In return they gave him the funds to "steal" the 1948 senate race from the popular Coke R. Stevenson. The relationship continued for years, with Johnson funneling dozens of military construction contracts to B&R. "
At least it's not partisan.
<small>[ 09-21-2005, 07:20 PM: Message edited by: analog ]</small>
Cogito ergo doleo.