Iraq: The Rebuilding

Though a much expected U.S. war with Iraq has not even started, rebuilding has already begun. Sources tell TIME that the U.S. government has taken initial steps toward awarding $900 million in contracts to repair and rebuild the country, contracts that will go exclusively to U.S. companies and to subcontractors from nations officially designated as friendly. Sources also tell TIME that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently held a restricted briefing for security-cleared bidders and sent out confidential requests for construction proposals. USAID had no comment.

The $900 million is just a beginning, meant to cover surface...

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