“It’s about chocolate covered bunnies.” That’s how Pratap Chatterjee explained the his new book, Halliburton’s Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War. In town for a book tour, we met Wednesday at my local Starbucks to catch-up, but mostly we talked about his book. I have to admit I haven’t read it, so I don’t know the details but our discussion about the core theme was so intriguing that while he was talking I started talking notes to post a kind of interview with the author.
The politics of logistics and combating the desk jockeys enjoying life far from the frontline yet imposing their will on the soldiers is age-old. The Spring 2004 edition of Parameters has a note allegedely from Wellington to the bureaucrats in Whitehall. This was supposedly written while he was on campaign in Spain fighting the French.