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the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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Bechtel and Government:
A Marriage Made in the Hell of War

Apr 28, 2003

The large construction firm, Bechtel Group, won a 680-million-dollar contract funded by U.S. tax dollars for the "reconstruction" of Iraq.

Bechtel, extremely well-positioned with long-term ties to the government, is no newcomer to profiteering from U.S.-led wars in the Middle East. In the early 1990s, at the end of Papa Bush’s Gulf War, Bechtel won a lucrative contract to restore Kuwait’s oil fields.

The essential aim of this latest "reconstruction" is NOT to put up housing, schools, hospitals, water purification facilities and every other useful thing the population needs but which has been destroyed by the war.

No, the aim of this reconstruction is to repair the oil ports, the pipelines and the rest of the infrastructure needed so the companies in the imperialist countries can put their hands on Iraqi oil.

When interviewed on TV about the contract, George Shultz, former Secretary of State and currently on Bechtel’s board of directors, said that Bechtel was "honored to be selected" and that Bechtel would "use their technology to do good things" in re-building Iraq. The "good things" Bechtel intends are juicy profits.