The business of conflict

Discussion in 'Current Affairs' started by HarryBosch, Apr 16, 2008.

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  1. Oh, how we laugh and smirk at those Halliburton types who conceptualise war as a business opportunity .

    I just love the way Defence Estates' Land Agent Mike Birchall talks about "procuring properties for UK military use on operations" and"carrying out inspections and updating the contracts ...".

    If you thought sitting in a sangar awaiting the next rocket or mortar attack was ... er ... sitting in a sangar on a pock-holed fecking great target in a war zone then fear no more! Entrepreneurial consultants are earning big fat wads of taxpayers money by renting them and looking after them. Unlike Monte Casino the goal here is not a civilised concern for the preservation of culture but of real estate. And you thought those sites and buildings were occupied for strategic and tactical reasons! Not at all. Mike and his chums "are responsible for procuring properties for UK military use on operations" and take their responsibilities as landlords for the Crown seriously by "carry out inspections".

    Unlike those big fat corrupt greedy bastards of Haliburton our boys do not sit at home in their plush offices, they "deploy". As Mike says:

    "I have now deployed over 30 times to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans and have slept in all manner of places from a kitchen floor at Basra Palace in 2003 to a mud-walled animal shelter on the last trip to Afghanistan ... I've lived on ration packs, showered with bottled water, and travelled in a range of military vehicles from Black Hawks and Chinooks to armoured personnel carriers and four-tonne trucks".

    The word "deploy" has thus been hijacked by civil servants and money makers and rendered meaningless. Worse, their casual use of the word has devalued what for active service men and women is a word of especial significance.

    We are more and more like the Yanks every fecking day.

    See HERE and weep.

    Rant over.

    Harry
     
  2. chieftiff

    chieftiff War Hero Moderator

    Oh how I can laugh now I've left the defence environment.

    I work in a huge industry dealing with pharmaceuticals, hydrocarbons and other chemical processes as well as Nuclear and sustainable energy. In the last month I've sat in the board room of one of the biggest hydrocarbon processers in the world with their Head of Engineering, Head of HR and Head of Training, I thought the "real world" was full of corporate speak.......................... it's not!!! So confident are these genuinely talented people in their ability and position that they are human and speak English, they even swear and tell jokes! It's been a joyous and refreshing experience.

    In my short spell of civvy street I've drawn a conclusion.... people trying to justify what they do use corporate speak to cover their ineptitude, inaction and impotence. The people who actually know what they're doing and get things done tend to be far more down to earth and honest in their actions and language- they are also very well paid :bball:
     
  3. Deployed 30 times!! He must have more gongs than a Yank 4 Star General.
    Ah, but he wouldn't be in it for that, now allowances, expenses etc etc etc that's a different story.
    Give him a rifle and let him deploy out of a Viking a few times.
    NZB
     
  4. Any civvies who "deploy" don't really know the half of it. I have to admit that I have only sat off the beach, either ballasted deep or at State 1, 40 miles up-threat of the CVS while harriers were bombed up and ready to go.
    As chieftiff so rightly points out:
    "people trying to justify what they do use corporate speak to cover their ineptitude, inaction and impotence. The people who actually know what they're doing and get things done tend to be far more down to earth and honest in their actions and language- they are also very well paid"
    You only had to sit thru the drivel that was last night's The Apprentice - Mrs DE watches, I read a book - to see this in action.
    As for yer man Birchall, any one who makes money out of others hard fought pain, misery and constant fear of death has a special place in hell reserved for them.
    Or did I miss the point?
     

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