Re: Iraqi Reconstruction Contracts
Of course they should be allowed to bid on the jobs - The bids don't have to be accepted...
Seriously, Wolfowitz is just unneccesarily sticking it up their ass publicly, which is basically self-indulgent and ultimately self defeating.
Also, remember that these companies are (in many cases) privately owned, and can no more be responsible for their political leaders' posturing than we could when Jimmy Carter decided that "we" were going to boycott the Olympics. Some of these companies are substantially owned by American interests. We're doing business with many of them anyway.
I think this is the problem with the Bush Administration. He's got too many idealogues working for him and they get in his way all of the time. He JUST told Taiwan to cool their jets because he didn't need another issue with China while he's negotiating to get them to stop supplying missles to everybody, and now Wolfie provokes them with a public prodding. It's unneccesary and unhelpful.
And like I said, they don't have to award contracts to these companies if there's any reason not to, and favoring the states that supported us is a good reason.