Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Okay, this is officially the Worst Story of the Year:
Criminal negligence in MosulCould be. Sounds all but treasonous to me. Damn that Bill Clinton!
Soldiers at the Mosul base knew it was only a matter of time.CNN personnel who have visited the base said the dining area is a tent-like facility with no hardened protection -- and that soldiers had specifically raised concerns that they could be targeted by insurgents at meal time.A new mess hall was being built. But why wasn't it finished?
One had told CNN it was only a matter of time before there was an attack on the mess hall.
"There is a level of vulnerability when you go in there, and you don't feel like there's a hard roof over your head," said Lt. Col. Paul Hastings, an officer at Camp Marez.A sturdier structure designed to replace the mess is being built at the base, but the work has been plagued by delays. Hastings said workers from KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton, were supposed to have completed it by Christmas.Halliburton. Without those delays, the mess hall would've been finished, and the troops would've been protected from these sorts of attacks.
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