Do you remember the allied occupation of Germany and how Patton was criticized and dismissed for employing Nazi sympathisers in the rebuilding of essential infrastructures? Why was Patton, who turned out to be right, doing this? Because THERE WAS NO ONE ELSE, simple as that. All the good engineers and experts or most of them had collaborated. It also placed on the Allied side elements that many otherwise have been hostile. Same for Afghanistan. You eliminate Al Qaeda and Taliban sympathisers, you have no work force as the majority of the population is anti-Western and pro-Taliban/Al Qaeda, don't you even know that? Employing these pro-Taliban Al Qaeda elements won't make them love us, for sure, but it might just temper their zeal to destroy.Oh my my, they hate Halliburton and KBR so bad, they would rather contract with al Qaeda!
U.S. Army won't bar contractors linked to Afghan insurgents -watchdog By Susan Cornwell
WASHINGTON (Reuters)- The U.S. Army has refused to bar 43 individuals or companies from getting U.S. contracts in Afghanistan despite information that they support the Taliban or other enemies of U.S. forces, a government watchdog said on Tuesday.
John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said he was concerned by the Army's refusal to follow his office's recommendations to prevent alleged supporters of the Taliban, the Haqqani network and al Qaeda from getting or keeping U.S. government contracts.
"I am deeply troubled that the U.S. military can pursue, attack and even kill terrorists and their supporters, but that some in the U.S. government believe we cannot prevent these same people from receiving a government contract," Sopko wrote in an introduction to his office's quarterly report on the U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan.
The Haqqani Network is an Islamist insurgent group that operates on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
The report said SIGAR referred 43 contractors' cases - most of them Afghans - to the U.S. Army for suspension or debarment, but all were rejected, "despite detailed supporting information demonstrating that these individuals and entities are providing material support to the insurgency in Afghanistan."
"In other words, they may be enemies of the United States, but that is not enough to keep them from getting government contracts," the quarterly report said.
A U.S. Army spokesman asked to comment on the report said the evidence submitted by SIGAR was based in part on anonymous sources and Commerce Department findings about the companies, and was insufficient to bar the contractors.
"The Army Procurement Fraud Branch did receive and review the 43 recommendations late last year, but the report did not include enough supporting evidence to initiate suspension and debarment under Federal Acquisition Regulations," said Matthew Bourke, an Army spokesman.
None of the contractors recommended for suspension or debarment were identified in the SIGAR report, nor did it provide details of their contractor work. SIGAR officials said that in excess of $150 million was involved, and that more than 80 percent of the contractors were Afghan entities; the rest were from the region.
What the hell, let's just get the hell outta there.