Thursday, November 02, 2006

Shock & Awe

How bad does it have to be in Iraq when the war profiteers quit and come home? From the San Francisco Chronicle:
"Did Iraq come out the way you hoped it would?" asked Cliff Mumm, Bechtel's president for infrastructure work. "I would say, emphatically, no. And it's heartbreaking."

So, after gobbling up $2.3 billion worth of taxpayer money, 52 employees getting killed and dozens others wounded, somehow they feel it's just not worth it.

When it's bad enough to gag a vulture, you know it's pretty bad. Heckuva job Bushie.


Red Stater said...

Nice job of hacking up the story.
Not once did they say as you write that "it was just not worth it".

As the article says, the contracts ran out, the job was done and they are leaving as a result.

97 of their 99 projects were completed. 2 were not because of security issues.

You fail to point out that the article also states
What Bechtel accomplished in its three years in Iraq.

-- The company helped repair 14 electrical generation units, built four new ones and created 25 substations around Baghdad.

-- It restored eight sewage plants and built one.

-- A canal bringing drinking water to Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, was dredged and its pumps restored. Seventy small water treatment plants were installed in rural areas.

-- Airports in Baghdad and Basra were repaired to handle civilian flights. The country's international shipping port -- Umm Qasr -- was dredged and its grain elevator refurbished.

-- Baghdad telephone switching stations knocked out during the war were restored, and the country's phone network was reconnected to the outside world.

-- War-damaged bridges on key highways were rebuilt.

-- Almost 1,240 schools were refurbished with new paint, fans and in many cases new windows and doors to replace those looters had stolen.

All while insurgent radicals tried to totally destroy and stop each and every project... in vain!
A great example of "cherrypicking" facts to fit your needs.


Oilfieldguy said...

The article also says as quick as the did the work yo list, the insurgents would blow it up. Like pumping water uphill.

Wasted lives--wasted money

Heckuva job, Bushie

Red Stater said...

No, you misquote again, he said they "try" and blow it up.
They left because the job was done or at least 97 out of 99 projects completed.
Not as you claim out of frustration, disgust and fear and/or defeat.

One thing about you Bush haters, you will openly cheer about any failure of your own country in the interest of political gain.
pretty sad.

Oilfieldguy said...

red stater,

I'll give you a partial score here. If Bush were to walk on water, I would be accusing him of not being able to swim.

You are entitled to your own opinion, sir, but not your own facts.

Read the article, and quit trying to pull selected pieces, playing a game of gotcha.

Sons and daughters of America are being wasted on an occupation foisted on us by neocons with shake and bake intel and no plan for victory.

The Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines will be calling for Ronald Dumsfelds ouster on Monday.

The conservative and Republican agenda is an abject failure. They are merely shills for multi-national corporations who simply appropriated "values voters" to inflict their agenda on the race to the bottom.

You are merely a useful tool, like an O.J. Simpson fan or Michael Jackson fan, disregarding the "Jesus Juice" or "Blood on the Socks" or 16 federal agencies declaring the Bush Doctrine is a terrorist multiplier, or we were attacked while Bush was asleep at the wheel. Go team is all you see. You are shilling for these fanatics without being on the payroll or even getting a reach-around.

Whatta putz.

Anonymous said...

its a shame a person of your communicall skills and politicall desires doesn't see the facts of humanity. saddam ruled with an iron fist, are you aware that the oilfield equip. was 1940's era speak out about its inefficiency and you and your whole family are dead. the free med went to the family of politicians first, speak out and you die too. the education system was the envy of every liberal socialist speak and die also. do you see the pattern here. it permiated every part of their country. when you beat a people down like that they lose their spirit i.e. brainwashing! most of them will never gain their ability to live free and self regulate on either a personal or national level. its too bad nobody had the balls to announce this to the american people from the start, cheiny or rumsfeld touched on it so did bush when he said this war would last several generations but failed to convey the true meaning. if he would have made it clear most of america would have backed him. recent medical findings show a genetic difference between people who desire freedom and those content to be led. is it obvious to you yet that saddams persistant killing helped him eliminate people who would desire self governance making our job much more lengthy than one would hope. the human body is very tough but the spirit can be very frail, hence "the pen is mightier than the sword" the sword is one at a time, the word slays many among other reasons.