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Sperk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 01:43 PM
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Should I get on a plane to "look for" work in Iraq?
How do I book the flight? Who do I need permission (clearance from)?
Where do I go to fill out an application or present my service capabilites to once I'm there?

I know people are sick of tinfoil theories but does any of this make sense? Wouldn't someone looking for work go to one of the companies with a contract and get work through them? What am I missing?
:shrug: :shrug: :shrug: :shrug: :shrug: :shrug:
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 01:48 PM
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1. Sperk, there have always been the more daring, the more reckless
among us. Anything is possible.
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 01:51 PM
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2. Well, supposedly Mr. Berg
Was a small, independent contractor, looking for work for himself. There are many of these sort running around Iraq right now, the State Dept. among others have encouraged these folks to go on over. I heard a piece about this a few weeks ago on NPR. They interviewed another small independent contractor who was looking to get a slice of the Iraqi business pie. Apparently he wandered around the country in vain, as Haliburton and the other members of Team Bush had pretty well sewn up all the big time contracts and most of the little ones too.

Sounds like this is the same scenario that Mr. Berg was seeing, with about as equally good results.
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Sperk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 01:57 PM
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3. I guess that will have to do, still sounds screwy to me. But what
is these days?
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democratreformed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 02:41 PM
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11. I get e-mails every day
telling about the newest government training seminar that will help me, as a contractor, get my slice of the Iraqi pie. I have never actually opened and read one of them. But, I gather that the government is regularly "training" people in how to get work over there.
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Ganja Ninja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 02:02 PM
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4. Apparently this guy bought into the Bush line about Iraq.
He allowed the RW media brain washing to seep in and figured he would like to help prove the Bush's right and the rest of the world wrong. If he had any kind of clue what reality was in Iraq he would have stayed home. Either that or he was just plain crazy. Kind of hard to tell the difference though.
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ugarte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 02:05 PM
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5. By all means, go to Iraq, hitchhike if you must, just knock on doors
I'm sure something will open up. (Like the jaws of hell)
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Claire Beth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 02:18 PM
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6. nope, don't go...
the contractors are making huge profits off an unjust war. I wouldn't want to be any part of it.
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damnraddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 02:20 PM
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7. Well, that depends:
is your name Halliburton?

If not, you'd better not go -- it's not smart to 'move in on' mob territory.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 02:21 PM
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8. I don't know.
Are you Jewish?

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RafterMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 02:26 PM
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9. Should I get on a plane to "look for" work in Iraq?
Yes.

Book the flight to Kuwait or Jordan (probably cheaper) and head in overland. I don't even think you need a visa.
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bossfish Donating Member (789 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 02:37 PM
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10. If you want to work in Iraq..
Go here:

http://www.rebuilding-iraq.net

You'll see a link on the left side of the page for vendor sign-up

Good luck if you're serious...
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