Letter: Soldiers deserve better treatment



I read the Sept. 30 story reporting that the “Oregon National Guard soldiers have filed suit” against a contractor of the U.S. Defense Department. This is for doing harm to the women and men serving our country in a war zone, faulting the contractor “for exposure to a carcinogenic chemical at an Iraqi water treatment plant.” Don’t these warriors have enough to worry about — now they have to worry about shoddy and dangerous work by contractors?

Guess what? The company being sued, Kellogg, Brown and Root, is a former subsidiary of Halliburton, one of the main contractors that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney seemed to assure that they obtained no-bid contracts after the Bush administration started the war in Iraq.

Halliburton, by the way, has made billions doing questionable work. Our right wing, flag-waving ex-vice president once sat on the board of directors for Halliburton.

The women and men of our Armed Services deserve better.

Cheney is no hero.

Thomas Howell