American taxpayers need to dig into their wallets. In order to keep the government of Pakistan from doing anything about U.S. drone strikes on their people, especially children, the U.S. government has to make payments. I call it hush money.
Because the hostility of Pakistanis against the U.S. government is growing, drone by drone, the amount of this hush money keeps going up.
The U.S. government has just called for bids by profit-seeking U.S. firms to cash in on this hush money. They will get paid for building certain unnamed “infrastructure” projects. We read:
The purpose of these four Indefinite Quantity Contracts (IQCs) is to provide comprehensive program management services, including the design, construction management, and construction services for infrastructure projects throughout Pakistan.
The goal is to provide a quick response mechanism to satisfy the expanding demand for infrastructure in the USAID/Pakistan Mission Portfolio. These multiple award IQCs have a shared ceiling of $300 million for the implementation of USAID/Pakistan funded infrastructure activities across all technical sectors in Pakistan. The IQC holders will perform all infrastructure management services for construction including all aspects of overall management, administration, coordination, assessments, planning, design, tendering, regulatory compliance, capacity building, outreach, construction monitoring and evaluation. Multiple projects ranging in value from $5 million to $50 million are anticipated over the next five years under this activity. Task Orders under this multiple award IQC may include activities for small to large scale infrastructure projects in transportation, vertical structures, water and sanitation, water resources, and energy and power.
It’s expensive to keep fighting the war on terror. The cost keeps rising.
And, just what "account" or "pocket" do theses fund come from when/while being spent?
What is the "approved budget line item" that covers them?
When was that "vote" and where is the record of the names, aye and nay?
ILLEGAL EXPENDITURES…. THIEFT FROM THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER!
Weren't we at war with those people? Or perhaps, Pakistan was just another police action? You know when our American Military are sent to a country for peaceful activity for the purpose of being murdered by them and if we retaliate we are wrong?
War is hell. Deal with it.
Plus the US is arming and allying with "Al Qaeda" (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) in Syria to bring down Assad's government.
"We've always been at war with Eastasia. We've always been at war with Eastasia."
We were never at war with Pakistan, they have always been one of our allies during the cold war. What school did you attend?