Rebuilding in Iraq calls for Republican bedfellows

Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 1:00am

Sneaking a peek through the curtains the Bush administration has used to cloak the awarding of contracts to rebuild Iraq is like catching a glimpse of a very special incest episode of ElimiDate: a bunch of muscular, cash-drunk corporate lotharios vying for the affection of their governmental kissing cousins.

The relationship between those doling out these fantastically valuable deals and those receiving them is so intimate that taxpayers should demand the participants be checked for STDs before the first mega-buck check is left on the dresser.

If one were to plot a flowchart, this one would lay out the connections that guaranteed that the big winners in the post-Saddam Hussein sweepstakes would be those two ultimate Washington insiders, Halliburton and Bechtel Group.

We all know about Halliburton and its former CEO Dick Cheney. But the Bechtel chart is really Byzantine

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