Price-gouging a hollow complaint in still-risky Iraq

As attacks escalated in Baghdad this week, so did accusations in Washington, DC, about fuel-price gouging by US contractors.Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has been carping about costs of oil products brought into Iraq by KBR under contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).On Oct. 29, Waxman and Rep. John Dingell (D-Ohio) wrote Condoleezza Rice, the national security advisor, to complain, "US taxpayers are not getting their money's worth." The lawmakers calculated KBR's cost of importing and delivering gasoline at $2.65/gal.They said gasoline costs 71¢/gal in countries around Iraq. Analysts told them transportation under normal circumstances costs no more than 25¢...

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