Monday, March 05, 2007

General Michael P. Delong, Katrina, and Iraq Reconstruction

Lieutenant General Michael P. DeLong
United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command

At the time of his retirement, Lieutenant General Michael P. DeLong served as Deputy Commander, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida

This authorative character was on Air America talk radio with the story that he knew that weapons of mass destruction were removed from Iraq,
just prior to the invasion on march 20, 2003. Looks like he's working for Bush and Co. to me, so checked out some of his history and I don't believe his stories anymore than any of the Neocons that he is tied in with.

The Shaw Group Names Lieutenant General Michael P. DeLong Corporate Vice President of Global Planning and Operations
BATON ROUGE, La., Sep 29, 2003

The Shaw
group Inc. opens office in Baghdad

BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 20, 2004--The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SGR) today announced that it has opened an office in Baghdad to support its increasing activity in Iraq including anticipated U.S. government projects under the $1.5 billion U.S. Central Command award announced in January 2004. The facility will also support projects for the Iraqi ministries and other clients located throughout the Middle East.

Bush Cronies to Mop Up Katrina

Bush Cronies to Mop Up Katrina

By Reuters null Also by this reporter
11:40 AM Sep, 10, 2005

WASHINGTON -- Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration's first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President George W. Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast.

One is Shaw Group and the other is Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root. Vice President Dick Cheney is a former head of Halliburton.

Shaw Group Inc. which, in early 2004, opened a Baghdad office to support "an approximately $47 million task order in Iraq for facility upgrades, installation of utilities and other infrastructure improvements" and was also awarded a separate $88.7 million construction deal, among other contracts.

PBS Frontline: Interview with General Michael Delong

Sitting here at CENTCOM, you and Gen. (Tommy) Franks and others, pre-9/11, were you aware of the terrorist threat?

Pre-9/11, the area that we worked was the 25 countries in the Middle East, Egypt, Jordan, the "Stans" (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan), Pakistan. That area of the world is probably the most dangerous area of the world when it comes to Islamic extremists, so we always were concerned about the terrorists. As you know, the (USS) Cole, we lost that ship in Yemen before 9/11, and we thought we were prepared, but they came up with a different tactic in order to try to sink the Cole.

Everything we did was terrorism and, of course, trying to enforce the U.S. sanctions in Iraq. ...

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