The military is having to inspect more than 90,000 U.S.-run facilities in Iraq to reduce a deadly threat that troops face, and it is far off the battlefield. We have written in previous issues on the problems caused by KBR and the threat to our troops. The threat is electrocution or shock while showering or using appliances. As reported, at least three soldiers have been killed while showering since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Many more have suffered shocks between September 2006 and July 2008, but survived. A database maintained by KBR Inc., the Houston-based contractor which oversees maintenance at most U.S. facilities in Iraq, revealed this tragic story.

Fortunately, an Army task force says it’s making progress in dealing with the problem. About one-third of the inspections so far have turned up major electrical problems. Half of the problems they found have since been fixed, but about 65,000 facilities still need to be inspected. This could take the rest of this year. Our military was put in a war in Iraq that never should have been fought and they have bravely done their duty as soldiers. While there, our government had the duty to give them total support, and that support wasn’t always provided. I fear that too many politically-connected companies profited in this war at the expense of U.S. taxpayers and in many instances our troops were put at risk. Having soldiers electrocuted because of sub-standard and shoddy work done by a company with political ties such as KBR can’t be tolerated.

Source: Associated Press

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