Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Halliburton all set! But the rest of us .... 

I'm pleased for Halliburton. After all, I'm one of their biggest fans!

Peter Slevin and Vernon Loeb of WaPo write:

Iraq will need "several tens of billions" of dollars from abroad in the next year to rebuild its rickety infrastructure and revive its moribund economy, and American taxpayers and foreign governments will be asked to contribute substantial sums, U.S. occupation coordinator L. Paul Bremer said yesterday.

Just couple of points I'm not too clear on.

(1) Most of that money won't be spent here at home, so even though "our" government's spending the money, there's no jobs for us, right? Except with Halliburton, of course. Or with Wackenhut's Overseas division.

(2) The foreign governments that will be "asked" to contribute won't have their citizens protected (since the UN didn't) and won't be given any authority in the reconstruction, right? So review for me again why they are going to contribute?

So, really, "dollars from abroad" means we're on the hook for it all?

Say, where are those Japanese troops, anyhow?

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