Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Iraq Red Tape

Just about every American military officer and enlisted person I see on TV impresses me all over again with the quality of our armed forces in Iraq.

I believe they'll find the Fallujah ambushers, the Ramadi insurgents, and that son of an ayatollah Mugtada al-Sadr, who is currently having his 15 minutes of fame.

But there are questions about other outfits over there. Halliburton, for example— under investigation for possibly $300-million in food and fuel overcharges; supply snafus because of outsourcing; hospitals stocked with surplus needles too big for some patients, flak vests and Humvee armor backordered and so on.

Thinking about how hard it is here at home to get any big outfit to do something right, and quickly, makes me believe it could only be worse in Iraq.

So, on top of the physical danger, our military folks have to deal with a makeshift American bureaucracy there. I imagine it may be worse than dealing with Immigration, the IRS, the EPA, and CPS all together.

The Mother of all Red Tape. So they have my sympathy for a whole 'nother reason.

Brad Messer Commentary, KTSA.


 

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