Iraq reconstruction ripoff meme

· long story short

The story about an Iraqi contractor estimating $300,000 to repair a bridge and an American contractor getting the job with a bid of $50,000,000 has now made it from an Iraqi blog to US blogs to mainstream journalist Jon Carroll and back into the blogosphere.
OK, so it wasn’t about ooooooil, after all. It was about ripping off the American public with sweetheart reconstruction deals. Halliburton and Bechtel have it pretty good. We knock down the infrastructure and they rebuild it, time and time again. (Hey, Halliburton even did business with Iraq during the embargo through their foreign subsidiaries.) Why isn’t Robert Caro all over the news explaining Brown & Root’s long history of gaming the US political system, with huge satchels of cash when necessary?