December 10, 2003
chutzpah

what I like best about Wolfowitz's ballsy memo is the infalible logic of item four:

4. It is necessary for the protection of the essential security interests of the United States to limit competition for the prime contracts of these procurements to companies from the United States, Iraq, Coalition partners and force contributing nations. Thus, it is clearly in the public interest to limit prime contracts to companies from these countries.

which could just as easily read:

4. It is clearly in the public interest to limit prime contracts to companies from the United States, Iraq, Coalition partners and force contributing nations. Thus, it is necessary for the protection of the essential security interests of the United States to limit competition for the prime contracts of these procurements to companies from these countries.

Posted by dbrown at December 10, 2003 08:57 AM
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What I like best about Wolfowitz's ballsy memo is the timing: President Bush found himself in the awkward position on Wednesday of calling the leaders of France, Germany and Russia to ask them to forgive Iraq's debts, just a day after the Pentagon excluded those countries and others from $18 billion in American-financed Iraqi reconstruction projects.

Posted by: elia on December 10, 2003 11:07 PM
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