gwen (gwenix) wrote,
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On Iraq...

One of the arguments in 2003 about the invasion of Iraq was whether the United States could put back together the infrastructure, such as basic needs like water and electricity. Proponents of the invasion insisted that these needs would be met by the end of that year.

Well, it's 2006, and the needs are still there.

BAGHDAD, Jan. 26 -- The United States will not complete hundreds of basic water and electricity projects planned after the 2003 invasion because more than $3 billion was shifted to meet unanticipated security and other needs, according to a U.S. government audit of reconstruction spending in Iraq issued Thursday.

In polls and everyday conversations, Iraqis routinely describe the lack of basic services such as clean water and a steady supply of electricity as perhaps the biggest problem facing the war-ravaged country, ranking it alongside -- and often ahead of -- insecurity and persistent insurgent violence.


Interesting, huh.
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