(AFP) - A Pentagon e-mail said Vice President
Dick Cheney coordinated a huge Halliburton government
contract for Iraq, despite Cheney's denial of
interest in the company he ran until 2000.
March 5, 2003 e-mail, from an Army Corps of
Engineers official, said that top Pentagon official
Douglas Feith got the job of shepherding the
contract, according to the newsweekly Time that
hits newsstands Monday.
had approved the multi-billion-dollar deal "contingent
on informing WH (the White House) tomorrow.
We anticipate no issues since action has been
coordinated w(ith) VP's (vice president's) office,"
said the e-mail obtained by Time.
newsweekly said it was three days later that
Halliburton won the contract, although no other
bids had been submitted.
vice president, I have absolutely no influence
of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way,
shape or form of contracts led by the Corps
of Engineers or anybody else in the federal
government," Cheney told NBC's "Meet the Press"
in September, Time said.
had been Halliburton's CEO until 2000, when
he accepted the vice presidential spot.
current CEO Dave Lesar told Time, "There are
very few companies in the world that could or
would adapt this quickly while, at the same
time, (financing) an operation of this magnitude."
Halliburton was not up to the job, Lesar admitted.
control system was not ready for the surge of
activity," he told the New York-based weekly.
Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith
was handed the job of coordinating the contract
by his boss, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul
Wolfowitz, Time said.
Wolfowitz and Cheney, along with Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Cheney's Chief of
Staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby, form the core of
Bush administration "hawks" who pushed for the
war in Iraq.