Like the big winner at a poker game, Halliburton's pushing their chair away from the table and saying "Well boys... it's been fun, but I gotta go Dubai-bye now..."
You may not remember this, but when Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton in 1999, he was falling all over himself for the privilege of doing business with Saddam Hussein, going around the UN embargoes via foreign subsidiaries Ingersoll-Dresser and Dresser Pump. Again, this is 1999, long after Mr. Hitler-with-a-bigger-moustache had invaded Kuwait, gassed the Kurds and filled southern Iraq with the mass-graves of 100,000 Shia. And the man who'd become Vice President was all hot n' heavy to do business with him.
The reason you may not remember this story when it broke was that it was all but entirely eclipsed by the firestorm erupting over Al Gore having consulted with someone who advised him to wear earthtones. And that, my friends, is how we got to where we are today.