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"Reconstruction" of NOLA = "Reconstruction" of Iraq?


"Reconstruction" of NOLA = "Reconstruction" of Iraq?
By Murshed Zaheed
Posted on Fri Sep 09, 2005 at 12:21:08 PM EST

So the "Shaw Group" lands two $100 million contracts for NOLA reconstruction. Apparently this company is client of Allbaugh (according to TPM). The contract is same as controversial Halliburton contract in Iraq (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) whereby company just bills govt as it goes with profit determined as percentage of costs (gives company incentive to increases costs):

BATON ROUGE, La., Sep 08, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Shaw Group Inc. (SGR) today that is has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to aid in the recovery and rebuilding efforts. Shaw will provide supervision, equipment, materials, labor, logistics, and all means necessary to provide the Corps of Engineers an immediate response for construction contract capability. The contract will provide construction and related services including program planning, scheduling, design, engineering, transportation, construction management, and quality control. Under this contract, Shaw has received its first task of pumping floodwater from the city of New Orleans out and over the levees. Shaw is using temporary pumps and is repairing and restarting the existing pump stations. The $100 million contract has a base period of one-year, with an additional one-year option. Shaw announced earlier today a $100 million ID/IQ contract award by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide support services in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, including housing assistance for displaced residents.

Halliburton already got their NOLA contract last week as the Navy hired them to do "storm cleanup". Wonder why Krugman had this today in his New York Times column:

All that's missing from the Katrina story is an expensive reconstruction effort, with lucrative deals for politically connected companies, that fails to deliver essential services. But give it time - they're working on that, too.
Well that didn't take too long. Did it?

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"Indefinite" seems to be the most favored terminology of this administration -- as in "indefinite detention", for example.

As well as being "undefined", and thus helping Wee Georgie's speech making efforts considerably, it conveys a wonderfully accurate and appropriate sense of being totally beyond anyone's control.

More than 5000 Iraqi troops backed by US soldiers swept into Tal Afar, conducting house-to-house searches and battering down stone walls in the narrow, winding streets of the city.

http://www.mwcnews.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1325&It...

BAGHDAD, 11 September (IRIN) - Thousands of families are fleeing the northern Iraqi city of Talafar, aid workers confirmed, as Coalition forces conduct a military operation against insurgents.

http://www.mwcnews.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1328&It...

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