Stabilizing Iraqi Cities, Charity? Job Creation?

Stacy over at Cafe Politico dug this interesting tidbit out of the National Strategy for Victory in Iraq. Seems Bu$hCo is going to make a cool billion available to help "stabilize" Iraq. The USAID has this on their website:
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".


You know what I love about this? In addition to the fact that the mainstream oh-so-liberal media isn't touching this with a ten foot pole, doesn't this mean that despite the title of Bush's speech the other day (National Strategy for Victory in Iraq) that he DOESNT have a strategy for victory for in Iraq if he's offering a billion dollars for someone ELSE to stabilize Iraq?
Well, I guess doing another give-away to your 'Marcin' friends does constitute a "National" strategy. :-)
Whatever happened to the whole don't profiteer during a time of war? Or is that so WWII?

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