Stabilizing Iraqi Cities, Charity? Job Creation?
The United States Agency for International Development is seeking applications for an Assistance Agreement from qualified sources to design and implement a social and economic stabilization program impacting ten Strategic Cities, identified by the United States Government as critical to the defeat of the Insurgency in Iraq. The number of Strategic Cities may expand or contract over time. USAID plans to provide approximately $1,020,000,000 over two years to meet the objectives of the Program.Yes indeed, you are reading this right! Bu$hCo is going to subcontract the stabilizing of 10 Iraqi cities because...I suppose...they haven't been so successful at doing it themselves.
Personally, I think that this is more charity for Bu$hCo's favorite partner, Halliburton. Or perhaps it's an attempt to boost employment. I mean after all, the administration needs 15 more months of solid employment growth to replace the jobs lost in the first term.
Go USAID, but please don't call it "offshoring".