How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

America's foolish Iraq blacklist makes you wonder who's in charge

Just how clever is Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, the intellectual godfather of the war on Iraq? The memo he signed on Dec. 5 makes you wonder. The paper fleshed out for the public who is eligible to win prime contracts, funded by $18.6 billion of U.S. tax money, to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure and supply its new army. Only firms from supportive nations can bid, which rules out those from antiwar countries like Russia, Germany, France and Canada. In its tact, timing and logic, the memo is a disaster. It was released just as the Bush Administration was launching an international...

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