"FDR are familiar initials in US politics. They used to describe an often-re-elected president (Roosevelt) who occasionally showed some concern for the poor and unemployed in his country. Now the initials stand for the Friends of Donald Rumsfeld, something very different. If you are an FDR today you look forward with great glee to a US victory in Iraq. " Jobs for the FDR boys It would seem that Paul Foot has a point, as the Halliburton share price indicates. Betchel has just won a $34 million contract in Iraq which could spiral into hundreds of millions. At least two current Bechtel executives have ties to the Bush administration. Senior Vice President Jack Sheehan sits on the Defense Policy Board formed to advise Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who himself once lobbied for a Bechtel project. Leaving aside the politics of this and looking at it just from a trading angle, it would seem that it might make sense to investigate which companies have contacts with Rummy, and buy a few shares in them.