s from coalition countries should be allowed to participate in reconstruction. The implication is that competition for contracts should be impeded. Less competition means a worse deal for whoever is paying the bill, quite possibly the U.S. taxpayer or the Iraqi citizen. Hence the U.S.-only slogan is yet another means of separating Iraqis, you, and I from our wallets.

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The *threat* of it might be a bit of a sanity check for Fergamski or whatever it's called now. If they come back into line, then they can get some money. Whether that's the administration's plan or not I don't know.

Posted by: Lonewacko at April 10, 2003 06:22 PM

In addition to the bid price, you have to look into the details. What if the French throw in, at no charge, a document search and remove service? Or perhaps they would charge TotalFinaELf for the work instead of us.
What if the Russians pay bribes to locals in anti-tank missiles?
Suppose the Italians and French insist on sex-slave trade privileges?
Details. The devil is in the details. There is more to a contract than the price.

Posted by: Richard Aubrey at April 14, 2003 08:21 AM

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