These comments are in response to PUBLIC WORKS magazine's April cover story (page 22) and editorial (page 5) about public works projects in Iraq.
Just saw (with great interest) the April edition with the Iraqi articles. You've done a nice job with this. Then I saw your editorial—thanks for speaking the minds of many of us.
We were honored to secure via our Jordanian/Iraqi distributor the tankage contract for a major Baghdad water treatment plant. I suspect there are hundreds of American companies quietly involved in helping rebuild the infrastructure in Iraq—and while we probably tend to keep a low profile we are certainly proud to be involved. I'm like you—I'd drink the water anywhere here!
Keep up the good work!
— Tom Renich, CST Industries Inc.
Congratulations on a fine article. Page 23 states that one of John Lawlor's concerns is the negative story coming out of Iraq on the media, whereas the truth is much different. I hope you have sent copies of this article to [the major news outlets] in hopes of getting out some of the positive information your magazine has reported.
— Gary Logsdon, Lake Ann, Mich.
Your editorial on self flagellation might have been more timely if the current administration hadn't recently cancelled all but a small handful of the infrastructure rebuilding projects and reallocated the money for training more Iraqi security forces. Before the United States' incursions into Iraq, that country had the highest percentage of residents, outside of Israel, with safe and clean drinking water. It appeared to many of us that the U.S. military purposefully targeted these civilian targets during the pre-invasion bombing.
Some of us wonder if this was done to provide an opportunity for Halliburton and other presidential supporters to profit from the Iraqi situation for years to come. To be a proud American is admirable, but to inaccurately portray the rebuilding as something we should be proud about isn't. There was no need for rebuilding until we destroyed their water and wastewater treatment plants.
— Kenneth Cooper, PE, RLS