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Coming Soon: The Super Bowl Tour of Iraq and Kuwait

Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Melissa Gutierrez, who signed autographs for the troops in Afghanistan in 2001, may be asked back if a bidder can fulfill a Super Bowl Army contract.
Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Melissa Gutierrez, who signed autographs for the troops in Afghanistan in 2001, may be asked back if a bidder can fulfill a Super Bowl Army contract. (Pool Photo By Rick Loomis)

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By Al Kamen
Monday, January 29, 2007

Surge or no surge, business opportunities abound in Baghdad! The Army's looking to have someone provide "promoter services for a Super Bowl XLI championship tour in Kuwait and Iraq."

Yes, get your bids in for a fine contract to "provide a tour manager to bring players and cheerleaders" to the Middle East so troops in Kuwait and Iraq can share in the excitement of the big game next Sunday.

"The Contractor shall provide two players from each team," the Army's solicitation says, and also "two professional NFL Franchise cheerleaders from each team" to meet and greet the troops, sign autographs, attend "command functions," pose for photos, do print and audio interviews, and participate in "post-Super Bowl activities at each deployed site."

"In the event that the two Super Bowl XLI teams do not have a cheerleading squad" -- that would be the Chicago Bears -- then two cheerleaders from an alternate NFL franchise that participated in the 2007 playoffs are desirable. So bidders hoping to land this contract should promise two Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders for these events.

Not clear what the price range would be on this one.

Dangers in the Green Zone

Once in Baghdad, it would be wise to be very careful, even in the heavily fortified Green Zone. While the news last week focused on several Blackwater security agents shot and killed by insurgents after their helicopter crashed, bad things happen all the time.

Take the case of Hector C. Patiño, a garbage truck driver from San Antonio.

Patiño, 48, who was working for KBR Inc., formerly known as Kellogg, Brown and Root, was en route to collect garbage from the combat support hospital in the Green Zone on Jan. 13. He drove the truck through one checkpoint without incident, but an investigation determined that "Australian and U.S. military guards" at a second checkpoint shared by the Australian Embassy and the hospital "shot and killed Patiño when he failed to respond to commands to stop."

Hillary's Yahoo on Health Care

In 1993, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was in charge of health-care policy at the White House.

In 2007, Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.) is asking the Web site Yahoo Answers for advice on health-care policy.

As of Friday afternoon, more than 35,000 people responded in two days to her question: "Based on your own family's experience, what do you think we should do to improve health care in America?"

Her campaign reports Clinton's question is the second most popular ever on the site and may yet overtake Oprah Winfrey's chat and be the most popular in terms of number of responses. "Many of the responses have been long and detailed, containing anecdotes, policy ideas and expressions of support."


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