Thursday, April 17, 2003

Now that the shooting war in Iraq is basically over, the rebuilding fight begins, both diplomatically and economically. Bechtel link and a divison of Halliburton have won huge government contracts, and both have deep ties to the Bush Administration. Will the Bush Administration allow a substantial UN role, or will it keep control until it thinks a transfer to a new Iraqi regime is feasible. Will France, Germany and Russia be punished for their earlier diplomatic intransigence, and be kept out of the rebuilding effort? How about an investigative long-form piece covering the rebuilding of Iraq, starting now and following the story for the next six months to a year? Sounds interesting to me.