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The Dem 'Plan for Iraq'

Posted on 10/05/2004 10:54:58 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom

John Edwards...

What we believe is, as part of our entire plan for Iraq -- and we have a plan for Iraq. ...

We have a plan for success. And that plan includes speeding up the training of the military. We have less than half of the staff that we need there to complete that training.

Second, make sure that the reconstruction is sped up in a way that the Iraqis see some tangible benefit for what's happening. ...

We also thought it was wrong to have a $20 billion fund out of which $7.5 billion was going to go to a no-bid contract for Halliburton, the vice president's former company.



TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kerry; kerryiraq; vpdebate
Pardon the personal rant, but the contradiction here drives me absolutely crazy. Anybody that has ever done any large procurement on construction projects knows that competitive bids take a huge amount of time. You have to define the scope of work, write the Request for Proposal, put it out to bid, review proposals against selection criteria, justify the selection, negotiate the contract, award the contract. Then you have to contend with the losers contesting the award on some procedural issue and either go to court or arbitration. For a multi-billion dollar contract, this whole process can easily chew up a year. Making a "sole-source" selection (i.e., a no-bid selection) short circuits this lengthy and contestable process and gets people working on critical projects immediately. Yes, you run the risk of picking a higher price contractor, but in emergency situations shaving a year off the schedule is often critical to overall success.

So what's the biggest complaint of K/E about the reconstruction of Iraq? That it's too slow! And the second biggest complaint? That Halliburton received a no-bid contract.

The inherent self-contradiction in their positions really illuminates how stupid these people are. This is another clearcut case where you can't have it both ways. If you want speed, you award sole-source. If you want competitive bids, you have to accept a slow-down in the project.

1 posted on 10/05/2004 10:54:58 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

And what about when he actually said that we should take Iraqi soldiers out of the country to train them outside of harm's way. Is he serious?

Ah, so THAT'S the plan...


2 posted on 10/05/2004 10:59:31 PM PDT by Factfinder
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
The Dem 'Plan for Iraq'


3 posted on 10/05/2004 11:03:24 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I would ask Kerry/Edwards point blank as to whether they want Iraqi Elections in Jan if they are elected.


4 posted on 10/05/2004 11:04:29 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

The people who benefit most from contracts that are put out to bid are lawyers. As soon as the contract is awarded they go out and file suits arguing that it wasn't fair.


5 posted on 10/05/2004 11:08:55 PM PDT by Boiler Plate
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
You forget, those guys are from Camelot.

It's true, it's true, the crown has made it clear
The climate must be perfect all year

A law was made a distant moon ago here
July and August cannot be too hot
And there's a legal limit to the snow here
In Camelot

The winter is forbidden till December
And exits March the second on the dot
By order summer lingers through September
In Camelot

Camelot, Camelot
I know it sounds a bit bizarre
But in Camelot, Camelot
That's how conditions are

The rain may never fall till after sundown
By eight the morning fog must disappear
In short, there's simply not a more congenial spot
For happy ever-aftering than here in Camelot

Camelot, Camelot
I know it gives a person pause
But in Camelot, Camelot
Those are the legal laws

The snow may never slush upon the hillside
By nine PM the moonlight must appear
In short, there's simply not a more congenial spot
For happy ever-aftering than here in Camelot

6 posted on 10/06/2004 12:41:03 AM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Proverbs 10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.)
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