Astounding, and yet not.

Wolfowitz, et. al., have announced that due to vital security interests, the next round of reconstruction contracts for Iraq will go only to US companies and companies based in countries that supported the war.

Considering how clear it is that we cannot run or reconstruct Iraq on our own, and that we need international support — real support, not a smattering of Italian troops — this strikes me as a really, really bad call. It’s obviously vindictive, and the stated reason is blatently disingenuous. Neither of these paints us in a very flattering light.

Of course, there’s plenty of commentary. Talking Point Memo includes a bit of the actual document involved, which is interesting. The New York Times coverage will of course expire eventually, but it’s there nevertheless.

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