despite over eight months of work and billions of dollars spent, key pieces of iraq's infrastructure - power plants, telephone exchanges, and sewage and sanitation systems - have either not been repaired, or have been fixed so poorly that they don't function.
san francisco-based bechtel has been given tens of millions to repair iraq's schools
. yet many haven't been touched, and several schools that bechtel claims to have repaired are in shambles. one 'repaired' school was overflowing with unflushed sewage; a teacher at the school also reported that 'the american contractors took away our japanese fans and replaced them with syrian fans that don't work' - billing the u.s. government for the work.
inflated overhead costs and a byzantine maze of sub-contracts have left little money for the everyday workers carrying out projects. in one contract for police operations, iraqi guards received only 10% of the money allotted for their salaries; indian cooks for halliburton subsidiary kellogg brown and root reported making just three dollars a day.
and we sonder why the iraqi's are not "grateful" for the rebuilding - this is a disgrace.