Crush and build — the new war effort
In what has to be one of the most perverse aspects of the pending invasion of Iraq, the U.S. government is already...
In what has to be one of the most perverse aspects of the pending invasion of Iraq, the U.S. government is already calling for bids from engineering and constructions firms to rebuild what it destroys.
Reuters cited a Wall Street Journal report of March 3 that said the Bush administration has asked the firms to bid for a $900-million contract. Reportedly the works call for the engineers to repair 2,400 kilometres of “economically important roads and bridges,” restore parts of the electricity grid, renovate several thousand schools and deliver 550 emergency generators.
The Wall Street Journal report said the five firms asked to bid for the contract are Bechtel Group, Fluor Corp, Kellogg Brown & Root, Louis Berger Group and Parsons Corp.
Kellogg Brown & Root already has a contract to oversee any firefighting operations at Iraqi oilfields after the U.S.-led invasion.