Saturday, October 06, 2007

Wiring, schmiring...



It turns out the Kuwaiti company building the US embassy in Iraq has been doing shoddy, overpriced work and possibly using forced labor to do it.

Even sprinkler systems fail at U.S. embassy in Baghdad

...The previously undisclosed problem in the $592 million project was discovered several weeks ago when the fire-safety systems were tested and pipe joints burst...

...In May, when kitchen facilities at a guard camp that is part of the embassy complex were tested, the electrical system malfunctioned and wires melted. A subsequent inquiry showed that First Kuwaiti had used counterfeit electrical wiring that did not meet specifications...

...allegations that First Kuwaiti abused foreign workers and illegally brought some workers to Iraq against their will

I thought that's what we were paying Halliburton for!

Although $592 million for an embassy sounds like a lot, that's a bargain compared to $500 million for the W monument to be built here in Dallas. But maybe the George Bush Library needs blast-proof walls too.

Our embassy better have a helicopter pad on the roof. It's going to come to that...

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