December 22, 2004

Makin' progress

  • Contrack International Inc, a major US reconstruction contractor, has dropped out of the multibillion-dollar effort to rebuild Iraq due to the growing violence and skyrocketing security costs.

  • Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters, "We're in worse trouble in Iraq than we've ever been in [there]." Noting that more than 1,300 Americans have been killed in a war that has cost of billions of dollars, he said, "Now, you tell me whether we're winning or we're losing."

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