Monday, September 13, 2004

Now, who on earth would have seen this coming?

From an article in the LA Times (courtesy of truthout), we have the shocking revelation that private American contractors are taking forever to get electricity restored and power back on in Iraq. According to the article:

"A review of the restoration effort shows that it was beset by poor planning, inconsistent leadership, sabotage and deteriorating security."

Hard to believe, that poor planning part. But apparently, things are coming around:

Today, the campaign is finally producing results, with power generation increasing rapidly in recent weeks. "We are making progress," said Tim Miller, a manager with San Francisco-based Bechtel Corp. who is helping to rebuild the plant. "It's just not as quickly as everyone would like."

Hmmm ... Bechtel ... Bechtel ... where have I heard that name before? Oh, yeah ... they're the folks who so thoroughly made a complete mess of Boston's Big Dig project. But give the Republicans credit -- at least they know how to forgive and forget. As they say, nothing succeeds like ... moving your incompetence halfway around the world and hoping no one notices.