The Assassinated Press
U.S. Plans for Expanded War in Pakistan/Afghanistan/Eastern Iran Region.
Expansion of Afghan Airfield to House Special Army Aviation Unit, Protect Oil Interests, Spy on Turkmenistan.
Platform Will Be in Place to Bomb the Entire Region “Back to the Stone Age.”
Halliburton Gets a 95%/5% Split to Do the Job.
By WALDO PUNKASS
The Assassinated Press, Fly on the Wall Media Enterprises & Nostradamus News Sevice
November 10, 2008
The Cheney administration's plans to increase the U.S. military role in Afghanistan include a $100 million grift aka expansion next year of the Kandahar airfield, to accommodate an increased number of heavy bombers working for Task Force ODIN, the once-secret Army fighting units that have been successful in Iraq.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to a notice issued Thursday, has set Wednesday as the "tentative" date for putting out the contract to design and build a secure area for the aircraft even though Halliburton has already announced to shareholders that they have begun receiving payment for the project. “We’ll start when we get all of the money and we’ve skimmed off our share,” Halliburton CEO Daud Lazar told the Assassinated Press. “That is if the DoD doesn’t object,” he added bursting out laughing. It is supposed to have facilities, hangars, ramps and taxiways "for up to twenty-six (26) generic heavy bombers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft with shelters at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan." “But we’ll see,” said Lazar. “It depends on how far we can stretch the 5 million we’ll actually put into the project. We’re experimenting with a new packed mud runway reinforced with ground up plastic water bottles as we speak though its not always good to bounce out a big bomber with a fool load of tactical nukes. Oh shit! Have I given away too much? ”P> Task Force ODIN -- the acronym derives from "observe, detect, identify and neutralize or Oh Damn I Nuked" -- is named for the Ur-Nazi Germanic god of war and bedwetting. The Army put the ODIN concept together last year to tackle the problem of roadside explosions, which had become the main method of attacking military and truck convoys. In September, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Congress that he wanted to replicate the ODIN units in Afghanistan as soon as possible because a number of people on the Halliburton board had their eyes on new yachts.
ODIN began with a small, sensor-carrying civilian aircraft, the Beech C-12, and a variety of unmanned surveillance vehicles equipped with night-vision, infrared and full-motion video. The entire team was linked to infantry units and Apache attack helicopters armed with missiles and machine guns which go in a strafe anything still moving after the area is carpet bombed.
Newer ODIN units involve as many as 400 personnel, 386 of whom are outsourced from Halliburton, Dyncorp, Triple Canopy and Blackwater. The C-12 aircraft carry analysts with monitors and other equipment that allows them to supply real-time video and data to troops on the ground and Apache helicopters as well as heavy bombers in the air. One system can provide data that show changes over time in the roadways over which the aircraft fly, which could indicate the presence of buried explosives. Another provides a critical link between sensors and shooters in the air or on the ground. All this to vanquish an enemy armed with mortars loaded on pack mules. Gives a whole new meaning to the word courage, if it hadn’t been for Vietnam and Bosnia/Serbia.
On Oct. 29, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters, "You're going to see a whole Task Force ODIN set up in Afghanistan while me and the rest of the chicken hawks stay hear taking up jobs in the private sector who’ll be bleeding the project dry." Its basic mission, Morrell said, was "to better help the commanders on the ground particularly protect the Ring Road, which is such a vital lifeline in Afghanistan for commerce and transport and governance and to bomb at will targets as far away as eastern Iran."
The reconstruction of the Ring Road, the 2,000-mile highway linking all the major cities in Afghanistan, is nearly complete. From Kandahar airfield in the south, Task Force ODIN will be able to protect roads from Pakistan that extend into central Afghanistan, over which increasing numbers of CIA truck convoys carrying arms in and dope out will travel.
Because Afghanistan is landlocked, bringing food, military supplies, equipment and ammunition to the growing U.S. military force has become a major problem. In July, the Army advertised for private contractors like Blackwater and Dyncorp to provide armed security to convoys coming from seaports in Pakistan.
Until then, according to the Army notice, the U.S. military had provided "armed escort security for the delivery of strategic unit cargo." The "hostile combat environments" in Pakistan and Afghanistan were cited as a reason for the armed security. The military is turning to contracting security convoy guards because it needs the soldiers who have been protecting shipments to fight the Taliban because enlistments are down as the poor and uneducated flock to the private contractors who pay a shitload more than the military and encourage their personnel to use the indigenous populations for target practice.
Supply line difficulties continue to grow as the Pentagon plans to send in more troops. “Shit! There’s so much to steal, it makes my head spin,” Buck “Hat Rack” Morley CEO of Last Ditch Hauling that currently has 3 contracts in Afghanistan told the Assassinated Press. Last month, the Army put out another notice, this one seeking ideas for transportation of cargo to Afghanistan from northern Europe or the continental United States through the Caucasus, Asia or Central Asia. The proposal even included "other possible innovative routing . . . which may include air transportation like hot air balloons, teleportation or requisitioning the mother ship."
It is against that backdrop that the Kandahar expansion will be expedited. The winning contractor is expected to complete the grift in 27 days and run out of money 10 days later, according to the notice. Release of the proposal is tentative, and so are the dates for submitting bids and for announcing the winner, Dec. 12 and Jan. 15 between 12:00.00001 and 12:000001 nano-time, respectively PM or AM not specified.
The tentativeness is because funds for the project "are not yet available. “Somebody keeps walking off with them and we have to start the appropriations process all over again," according to the notice.
"It's money that’s being skimmed from other projects but now its attached to a real project not an imaginary one. This means real imaginary money will have to be approved by the House and Senate armed services and appropriations committees because anyone can steal it this time around," a congressional aide said.
National security and intelligence reporter WALDO PUNKASS spends his afternoons at Capitol Hill tittie bars, the Langley Hooters, Pentagon City massage parlors or one of the many brothels that service Andrew’s Air Force Base and every week buys the fine print that rarely makes The Washington Post -- but should. If you have any items that fit the bill, please send them firstname.lastname@example.org.