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Old 09-12-2009, 02:53 PM   #99
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Pat, please!... In working for the state of Iowa I have worked a lot in contracting out our work. Yes, the scale is different, but a no bid contract is a no bid contract. Not giving equal chance to competing contractors is NOT ALLOWED. That's the practice here at the State Government and there is no reason it can be allowed by the big Gov. Unless you have lawyers rewriting and re-interpreting laws.
You don't know what you're talking about. That may be the case in the Iowa state government (although I doubt it), but it's far from the case in the federal government. I gave you two of the big reasons why no-bid contracts are used and why they made sense in the case of the war. You can argue on the merits and try to make the case that there was no urgency or that there were plenty of other vendors who could have provided those services (although you'd be wrong on both counts), but you can't conjure false facts and pretend that no-bid contracts aren't even allowed.

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Donger didn't say it. I did. But the point is still that pushing a "democracy" on a country that has seen nothing but corrupt despots and/or leaders in the pockets of Super Powers is impossible as a short-time goal and via military take over is impossible. The Bush administration was at best (1) pathetically naive and woefully inept, in terms of foreign policy, or at worst (2) corrupt and after war profiting. Given the characters involved, I'll take (2) for one hundred.
Whether any of the democratic institutions we tried to plant in Iraq will take root and survive over the long term remains to be seen. The doubters have been talking about how impossible our job in Iraq was for a long time and GWBush kept proving the doubters wrong. He handed Obama a victory to manage and Obama is in the process of dropping that ball.
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