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Massachusetts Liberal

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Basra by the Charles

Now that Mitt has dumped Matt and taken responsibility for the Big Dig, all will be well. The tunnels will be safe, taxpayers will get professional management and won't have to eat the cost of public sector waste, fraud and abuse.

This item of out Iraq, however, sound eerily familiar. Now matter how much Romney wants a scapegoat for the errors that have plagued this job under four Republican governors, the cold hard fact is he has never leveled his campaign jabs at the real culprit -- Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff.

The Times recitation of the problems that plagued the construction of the Basra Children's Hospital, read like Big Dig II:
The Iraqis assert that management blunders by the company have caused the project to teeter on the verge of collapse; the American government says Bechtel did the best it could as it faced everything from worsening security to difficult soil conditions.
The big difference is the Iraqis have learned a lesson we have not. They have dumped Bechtel.

Personally though, I like Brian McGrory's suggestion even better.


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