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US To Award Contracts To Run Iraqi Air, Seaports
3-21-03

WASHINGTON (AFP)
- President George W. Bush's administration was set to award two contracts to US firms Friday to run Iraqi airports and seaports after the war, an official said.

"We expect contracts to be awarded today for seaport administration and for airport administration," said US Agency for International Development (USAID) spokesman Alfonso Aguilar.

Another contract for reconstruction of infrastructure such as bridges and roads would be awarded Tuesday or Wednesday next week, he said.

The deals are among seven remaining civilian contracts for the postwar reconstruction of Iraq, put out by USAID since January 31 to a select group of US companies.

The process has been criticised by some analysts because of its secrecy and the small number of firms involved. No foreign companies were invited to tender.

The four remaining contracts cover logistical support to manage the reconstruction efforts in the field; health; schooling; and local government governance.

One deal has already been awarded: a 7.1-million dollar personnel contract, which was awarded February 21 to Washington-based International Resources Group.

The value of all eight contracts is being kept secret until Bush tells Congress how much he wants to finance the war, Aguila said. US press reports said the value could exceed 900 million dollars.

The urgent need to award the contracts prompted USAID to use special provisions for an expedited procurement process, in which only firms that met certain criteria were invited to apply, he said.

Those criteria included technical capabilites, proven accounting mechanisms, and the ability to field qualified technical teams at short notice, Aguilar said.

Importantly, firms also were required to have personnel cleared to view classified information.

"This is one of the reasons why US firms only are being included in this first phase, because their personnel need to have security clearance. They will need to view classified documents," he said.

USAID expected the work to require subcontractors given the size of the contracts, he said. "In that process of subcontracting, we are making sure it is open to any firm from anywhere, including foreign firms."

Eric Schwartz, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the National Security Council from 1993 to 2001, said this week that the White House had already conceded the importance of the international perception of its policy on Iraq.

"We have an international diplomatic interest in not fostering the perception that we don't mean what we say," Schwartz told a panel here Wednesday.

"Media from other countries -- the only thing they want to talk to people of my ilk about is, you know: 'What about these sweetheart deals'?" he said.
 

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Because hes trying to support his argument that the US will control everything that goes on in a post war/regime changed Iraq to assert its authority in the region blah blah ;)
 

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For peace to be real, the new Iraq must be rebuilt with the help of it's neighbours.
It's no good to replace one flashpoint with another
 

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Listen, someone has to run the country until democracy takes hold. This might take a while

Why US corps?
Would you rather have French companys take over? ;)
 

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War is Racket

No, this is one of the PRIME REASONS for this illegal invasion and occupation of this Arab nation.

U guys may need to read U.S. General Smedley Butler... I think the title is War is Racket. Eye-opening.
 
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