I guess I’m in the wrong line of work.
I would love to be in a business where people pay me a lot of money for big, expensive jobs, but I don’t even do the jobs myself—I just get another company to take care of everything. That company, in turn, hires a lot of small companies to do the actual work. Ideally, the arrangement would be like a medieval cartel, with yours truly at the top of the food chain.
There’s one more part of my dream business—the best part, actually: No matter how badly I screw up a job, I never have to give my customers their money back.
That, in a nutshell, is the sweet deal that construction giant Bechtel has in Iraq. As part of the reconstruction effort in that desert kingdom where the flower of democracy is blooming—with the fragrance currently wafting all the way to Lebanon—Bechtel is getting a whole lot of our tax money to build varied and sundry structures.