In the nine years I’ve spent in the private sector – three companies, three industries – I’ve discovered precisely three universal truths that govern and bind us all.
Shit rolls downhill
Payday’s on Friday
When you absolutely have to get it there overnight – use FedEx.
You may disagree with me on the specifics of the third, but I’d wager your amendment would capture the spirit of FedEx’s inclusion: the important stuff, you don’t leave to chance.
So when someone asks me if I’m bothered by the fact that Halliburton is being contracted to perform services for the coalition in Iraq, I say, “Hell, no!”
They’re the “FedEx” of the energy industry.
The question raised is not about Halliburton’s capabilities to do the job. The company is one of only a few that actually can successfully accomplish all the work that needs to be done. Let’s be clear. This is not a vacation escape. Our folks deliver the essentials, build the transmission lines, dig the ditches, keep open the communications lines from home, and they have a host of other duties. Our Halliburton employees live in the same conditions as the troops. [E.m]
What’s more, they’ve done it all before…
We have done this vital work for years, serving both Republican and Democratic administrations. In World War II we built warships. In Vietnam we constructed airfields and port facilities. In Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti and the Balkans we worked alongside the troops to help provide a sense of normalcy to those countries. In 1991, during the first Gulf War, our people helped extinguish over half of the oil fires in Kuwait. [E.m.]
You want to hate a successful organization, try the New York Yankees. We can all agree that’s more or less harmless. But enough with the condemnation of Halliburton. It’s shrill. It’s counterproductive. And based on the history of services they’ve provided our nation, altogether unwarranted.
(Cross-posted at Velvet Hammers)