The process of rebuilding Iraq.
Hi friends â€¦I told you that I will speak about the reconstruction of Iraq ,and as all you know, this is a long process and it will take a long time before we can see the results. However, it has started and this is a good thing. I received emails and I got some advice from my dear friend, Hameed, asking me to be careful about what I am going to publish, so there's no information that might hurt some people. I'd like to tell them: donâ€™t worry, guys. I am more careful with others' lives than with my own.OK, let's begin. As I told you, this process is so long, and it will depend on so many conditions and reasons, and many circumstances.Always there is a good side and a bad side, and each side will take control if it is better than the other. As you all know, there are a lot of big and famous companies who entered Iraq for the reconstruction work. Anyone would be happy to see all these companies participating in the reconstruction of Iraq.But this is the front page only. Unfortunately, it isnâ€™t as beautiful as you see or hear.As I told you, there are so many difficulties and these difficulties help in one way or another to harm this big process that we have all been waiting for for a long time and help to make the situation on the ground worse and worse.Why? Because these companies didnâ€™t study Iraq or the Iraqi people and the Iraqi environment, this makes for them a deep problem, contributing to losses of huge amounts of money, and the latest report shows that the Pentagon lost about 9 billion dollars, and believe me, much more than that has been lost and there will be continuing losses.As I got to know the American people, from speaking and talking and dealing and working with them, I realized something: the majority of the Americans donâ€™t know anything about Iraq; they just came here because they wanted to participate in this process.And, yes, the security problems have a deep effect on this, and I know that the whole system is different there. But we must do something between the two of us to make it work. Your system just doesnâ€™t work here, and as you see, it makes for a lot of problems, affecting both you and us.And I can prove what I say: imagine that the construction manager or the civil engineers and the electrical and the rest of these foreign companies can't get out to the site to see what's happening and to see how the work is going because of the security issue, so they have to depend on the Iraqi nationals to do the work. This is the best thing they did, but because they donâ€™t have the standard of the Iraqi engineer and the laborers and donâ€™t have there cards, they also mess this up. So, the poor project ends up being run by a sailor as project manager, and thatâ€™s not all - they infect the mother company, and they start bringing in other sailors and ordinary people to run their projects, because they are cheaper and bringing in engineers would cost much more â€¦And corruption seems to be the uniting theme here. There are projects that have been awarded before anyone knows about them, and they just go to unknown people and to mock companies, and there are illegal gifts going to the boss.Therefore, there is spending of money, but there is not any progress, and all the projects which been accomplished were only small business jobs and didnâ€™t cost more than $20,000, but in the papers, they gross as much as $20,000,000.And all this is because of mismanagement and the wrong guys in the wrong place.I hope that if anyone can help to help, this will put an end to spending your money without accomplishing anything.I will speak about some of the projects so you will be able to judge whether maybe you can help with this.