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Old 03-10-2003, 03:39 PM
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has invited at least five engineering companies to submit bids for a contract to do reconstruction work in Iraq (news - web sites), U.S. and company officials said on Monday.



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The winning company would get about $900 million to repair Iraqi health services, ports and airports, and schools and other educational institutions, they said.


"Because of the urgent circumstances and the unique nature of this work, USAID will undertake a limited selection process that expedites the review and selection of contractors for these projects," said a spokeswoman for the U.S. Agency for International Development.


The Wall Street Journal said invitations also went to Parsons Corp., Louis Berger Group Inc. and Kellogg Brown & Root, a subsidiary of the Halliburton Co. once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites).


The USAID spokeswoman, who asked not to be identified, said the invitation was part of the U.S. government's contingency planning for Iraq, which the United States has threatened to invade with or without U.N. approval.


Asked to explain the narrow selection of companies for such a large contract and the secrecy of the procedure, she said, "These are not companies which are new to this type of work."


Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root has already won a government contract to oversee firefighting operations at Iraqi oilfields after any U.S.-led invasion, a Defense Department source told Reuters last week. Cheney was Halliburton's chief executive officer from 1995 to 2000.


Bechtel Group Inc. and Fluor Corp. confirmed they had received the invitations from USAID.


"We did receive a proposal and we are responding to it with a proposal," said Bechtel spokesman Jonathan Marshall.


Fluor spokesman Jerry Holloway said the company had already submitted a bid. He declined to give details.


Sources at the companies said the invitation was unusual in that USAID did not ask them to set a price for defined services but rather asked them to say what they could do for $900 million.


Parsons spokeswoman Erin Kuhlman declined to say whether the company had received an invitation. But she said: "We've done reconstruction work in Bosnia and Kosovo. We are in our fifth year in Bosnia, and our second year in Kosovo.


Louis Berger and Kellogg Root & Brown declined to comment.






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These people hate us and everything we stand for.. They blow up our ships, buildings, planes, embasies, they burn our flag and dance in the streets of OUR OWN COUNTRY when their scum-bag countrymen destroy, and murder Americans, yet 1 BILLION dollars of our hard earned paychecks is going to restructure their system..
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Should be paid for with Iraqi Oil dollars
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If we blow it up and pay to have it rebuilt, then we should own it, tax it, take its oil for ourselves and use the tax money and oil money to offset our own tax here at home and shore up our own problems like education.
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Maybe, afer all is said and done, we can build factories for them and teach them how to build cars TOO !!!.. alright who's going to buy an Iaqui car ??
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We'd never hear of such proposterous idicocies, if we hadn't let the liberal whino lefties walk all over us in the media and into our classrooms within the last handful of decades; What we now have is an overburdonsome and self-righteous "army" of mindless "worker bees" spreading and supporting silly ideas such as this one....

Yep, let's blow it up and then pay to rebuild it.....

I'm still waiting for the check re-imbursing the U.S for two skyscrapers, one pentagon, four aircraft and thousands of lives...

Has anyone seen the foreign bidding war for a contract to rebiuld New York, pay our deceased families, and our aircraft...
No? Me either...


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It would make a hell of a resort in the cooler months...
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Afganistan (70's) and Germany (WWI) are two examples of what happens when nobody sticks around to get a new government reestablished. Japan is what happens when you reinvest in a country. The 900mil is a wise investment.
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Should be paid for with Iraqi Oil dollars

yup cheap fuel for everyone Back to 1 dollar gas
I love this Idea!!!!!!!!!!
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