December 9, 2003


Canada barred from Iraq contracts (Associated Press, 12/09/03)

The Pentagon has formally barred companies from countries opposed to the Iraq war from bidding on $18.6-billion (U.S.) worth of reconstruction contracts.

A directive from Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz limits bidders on those 26 contracts to firms from the United States, Iraq, their coalition partners and other countries which have sent troops to Iraq.

The ruling bars companies from U.S. allies such as France, Germany and Canada from bidding on the contracts because their governments opposed the American-led war that ousted Saddam Hussein's regime.

The Wolfowitz memo, dated Friday and posted on a Pentagon web site Tuesday, says restricting contract bids "is necessary for the protection of the essential security interests of the United States."

Wanna act like our enemy--be prepared to be treated like an enemy.

U.S. Bars Iraq Contracts for Nations That Opposed War (DOUGLAS JEHL, 12/09/03, NY Times)

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 9, 2003 8:46 PM


Posted by: pchuck at December 9, 2003 9:38 PM

Wanna act like our enemy--be prepared to be treated like an enemy.

We may have different ideas about how one treats an enemy.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 9, 2003 9:54 PM

Bwahahahaha!!! I love it. Kerry thinks it's the wrong approach. Bwahahahaha!

Posted by: Genecis at December 9, 2003 10:20 PM

Wolfowitz's Little Red Hen moment, eh? Good for him.

Posted by: Timothy at December 9, 2003 10:29 PM

This makes perfect sense while the "allies" will complain to high heaven over it. Other countries (and some politicians) need to be taught the lesson of cause and effect.
Timothy - good point. I've been using the Little Red Hen analogy since the war began - if little kids can understand it then adults should as well.

Posted by: AWW at December 9, 2003 10:41 PM

The BBC just had an interview with a GWU econ prof who said it's just another case of Bush administration protectionism. He was apparently serious.

Posted by: oj at December 9, 2003 11:59 PM

I'm not sure but there's also an (overriding, perhaps?) security issue here, regarding just who will be employed by the contracting companies of nations that opposed the Iraq war/nations that greatly benefited financially from the status quo ante (i.e., from Saddam).

To be sure, the same security concerns could be cited for firms from the US and allied countries; but steps taken by the US to manage such concerns would, presumably, be more effective with, and meet less resistance from, the allied countries.

So, no, I don't believe we're not dealing here with mere vindictiveness. Though it would certainly give satisfaction to many on both ends of the spectrum to believe so.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 10, 2003 5:41 AM

Last paragraph should begin, "So no, I don't believe we're dealing here with...."

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 10, 2003 7:17 AM

Now if one of the first official acts of a newly reconstituted Iraqi government is to repudiate Saddam's debts since 1991, the defeat of the Franco-German attempt to save their bad investments will be complete.

Time to put the financial backers of thugs and dictatorships on notice that there are better investments out there.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 10, 2003 10:10 AM

Is this move a tip of the hat that there is another invasion planned sometime over the next few years and that the pro-Baathists should learn their lesson? If Iraq was the last stop on Bush's muslim world tour, wouldn't it make sense to give those countries a small piece of the action, despite how horrible they've been, just for the sake of being magnanimous?

Posted by: Matt C at December 10, 2003 1:43 PM

Yes Raoul.
No Matt!

Posted by: Genecis at December 10, 2003 1:54 PM

I hear the Euros are planning to take this to WTO as illegal restraint of trade of something.

They really don't get it, do they?

Somebody should remind the French, at any rate, about the noblesse d'epee and taxes.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at December 10, 2003 11:15 PM
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