The golden touch

Published May 18, 2004 7:15PM (EDT)

In other Iraq news, the Bush administration brings its <a target= "new" href="expertise with job creation, well-known here at home, to the Iraqi people:

From the AP: "Fewer than 25,000 Iraqis are working on projects in the U.S. reconstruction effort, tempering expectations that more than $18 billion in American spending would jump-start Iraq's economy and trigger a surge in goodwill toward the United States. U.S. officials blame bureaucratic delays in contracting and the recent increase in violence for the low employment numbers, which represent less than 1 percent of Iraq's work force of more than 7 million. The Bush administration is aiming to more than double the number of Iraqi workers to 50,000 in less than two months -- when Washington expects to hand over limited authority to a caretaker Iraqi government."

By Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at

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