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Cry Me A Riverbend II

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Head of US-funded Iraqi TV resigns

He's quitting in part because the Defense Department is contracting talent and shows from outside the country.
Al-Mashta cited the LBCI's "Al-Mumayazun" Game Show which is costing Al-Iraqiya 28,000 dollars per show, while he estimated that a similar program could be shot in Iraq for around 3,000 dollars.

This seems to reflect a continuing problem in Iraq. Workers could be hired much more cheaply within the country. This would put more people to work, improving the economy and undermining support for the chaos-lovers. But US law seems to require that DoD hire US companies. We need a change in the law in this regard and quickly for the sake of Iraqis and the US taxpayers.

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