More Theft, but this is causing fatalities

I just read an article in last Saturday’s NY Times that began: “Shoddy electrical work by private contractors on United States military bases in Iraq is widespread and dangerous, causing more deaths and injuries from fires and shocks than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to internal Army documents…During just one six-month period — August 2006 through January 2007 — at least 283 electrical fires destroyed or damaged American military facilities in Iraq…

It seems that these pals of Bush and Cheney who get ‘no-bid’ contracts and are making millions of dollars by overcharging don’t even want to give the taxpayers and more important, the troops, decent work. The story goes on to tell of a recent death of a soldier who was taking a shower and was electrocuted because things were not properly grounded. I have done a lot of electrical work around my house and though still a novice, know very well that where electricity and water may come in common it is best to install a $3 GFI outlet. Apparently the electric company doing the work didn’t.

This is just one more example of why Bush and Cheney should be tried for murder. The buck stops with them, and so should the noose.

Reach of War
Go to Complete Coverage »

A blog looking at daily life inside Iraq, produced by The Times’s Baghdad bureau.
Go to the Blog »