In your report on the tragic electrocution of a showering serviceman in Iraq (Military Criticized in Report of Soldier Electrocuted in Iraq, New York Times, July 28, 2009: A8), you report this comment from KBR's spokeswoman: "... the company maintains that it is not responsible. She said that KBR had informed the military of the absence of [electrical] grounding ... nine months before [the] death" and that the military did not instruct KBR to upgrade the facility.
If KBR had any pride in its workmanship, it would not instruct a spokeswoman to make this kind of comment. What kind of contractor would deliberately allow its own shoddy work to remain uncorrected until, as she put it, "that incident" occurred.
Yes, there is blame too for the army's inaction, but KBR must be held accountable for its mistakes.
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