Considering the track record of U.S. contractors in Iraq, it comes as no surprise that Iraq is simply not wired right. Power remains erratic in much of Iraq, resulting in spiderwebs of wires running from homes to generators all over the country.
Poor electrical work by contractors in Iraq is also plaguing our troops. New York Times writer James Risen reports, “Shoddy electrical work by private contractors on United States military bases in Iraq is widespread and dangerous, causing more deaths and injuries from fires and shocks than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to internal Army documents.” When challenged by it’s few qualified electricians that were concerned about shoddy work, contractors often told them “it’s a war zone.”
Even though village idiot Brian Kilmeade doesn’t want to hear it, according to Army Times, 11 service members and two U.S. civilians have been killed because Halliburton and KBR “improperly installed electrical wiring or failed to fix known electrical hazards”.
Raw Story has more.
There is a bright side to the electrical nightmare in Iraq. In certain areas they’re converting to solar with some measure of success.