'Reconstruction Contracts in Iraq Should Be Geared to Accomplish
Our Mission, Not to Punish Those Who Disagreed With This Administration'
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on the Bush Administrations Iraq reconstruction
efforts, including President Bushs decision to bar countries
who opposed the war in Iraq from receiving contracts for reconstruction
projects and revelations that Halliburton may have significantly
overcharged for their services in Iraq:
should reverse his decision to ban certain countries from participating
in the reconstruction effort and focus on the job at hand. The President
had the opportunity to reach out to the countries that we want to
assist with our goals in the region. Instead, this decision says:
most of the countries of the world need not apply.
rebuild relationships with the countries that opposed the war by
dismissively telling them they cannot help rebuild Iraq. It is particularly
arrogant since the Administration began the reconstruction effort
by awarding no-bid contracts to Halliburton and other friends.
contracts should be geared to accomplish our mission, not to punish
those who disagreed with this Administration or to be no-bid plums
for their friends. We should focus on getting the job of reconstruction
done as successfully as possible, while striving to work with countries
that have been our allies in the past and that we will need as allies
in the future."