Mon Mar 1 12:25:29 2004
A``bright new day" of Iraqi-American commerce is already dawning. On Feb. 23, an
old company name was newly registered with the Commonwealth of Virginia's State
Called the American-Iraqi Shipping Line, it is one of three maritime shipping
companies sharing the same Reston, Va., office within its larger group, an
entity named Nour USA.
Nour USA, formed in Virginia in May 2003, landed in the news recently because it
received a controversial contract from the U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority
Two of the three Reston firms are listed by the Coalition Provisional Authority
as subcontractors for a $327 million contract to equip the Iraqi armed forces
and the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps with everything from vehicles to clothing.
The contract was stayed on Feb. 20 when losing bidders submitted letters of
protest to the U.S. General Accounting Office. Rival companies in Poland alleged
the contract amount constituted ``low-balling," an amount insufficient to cover
the cost of products and services provided.
Reports in the Polish press indicate that Poland, which invested heavily in Iraq
in the 1970s and 1980s, had hoped to receive more Iraq reconstruction contracts
following its participation in Bush's coalition. As a Warsaw newspaper
commented, The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs hints that those undertaking
investment projects should primarily establish contacts with U.S. companies that
will receive most of the contracts as general contractors over the coming year.
Thus the touchy issue of allocating resources in rebuilding Iraq's
infrastructure is being handled in convoluted, non-transparent processes almost
invisible to the American public, though only too visible to other parts of the
That's this White House in a nutshell: making friends for the Bush team, enemies
for the rest of us.
Margie Burns, a writer and teacher who lives in Cheverly, can be reached at
email@example.com . Her
column appears on Mondays.
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