Jon Carroll writes for The Chron about blogs coming out of Iraq — not American journalists blogging from abroad (though some of those are quite excellent, but Iraqis telling the story from their perspective.
One of the cited blogs quotes an Iraqi construction engineer, whose very experienced construction firm estimated the cost to repair a bombed-out bridge at around $300,000. Allowing for overruns and excess, just to be really really safe, quadruple that to $1.2 million. Then the American bid on the same job comes in: A cool $50 million.
Iraqis need the work, need the cash circulation. But Iraqi firms aren’t allowed to bid on jobs to repair their own country. Only American firms — Halliburton and Bechtel, right? — can do that. And they get to write a blank check. With your money.
Foul beyond description.