Notes on the Atrocities
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Wednesday, October 08, 2003  

Amid the furor about the California recall, NPR had a couple of interesting non-Arnie-related stories. Here they describe how corruption is the rule of the day in rebuilding Iraq. Halliburton and Bechtel--who are living high on the hog thanks to rich taxpayer-funded contracts--are apparently running the reconstruction the same way Saddam ran the country, with bribes and kickbacks. They get twice as much money as a project costs and skim the cream off the top while subcontracting to Kuwaitis who sub-subcontract to Iraqis.

Let's see, corporations contracted to reconstruct Iraq before the war in a secret, non-competitive, non-bidding process who have carte blanche access to taxpayer billions and who are constrained by no appreciable oversight are taking advantage of the situation? Put you hand over your hearts, folks--that's patriotism.

posted by Jeff | 8:59 AM |
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