Foreign Policy & Terrorism | January 2, 2006
Douglas Drenkow, Editor of "Progressive
Posted in "OpEdNews",
From Left Field", & "GordonTalk"
see now. We're told that it would be patently irresponsible to
withdraw our troops from Iraq without first making the country
stable and then handing it over to Iraqi security forces.
Well, what've we got to show for our "investing" over
2,000 American lives and $300 billion in Iraq so far? Most Iraqi
troops have only side arms and ride around in little pick-up
trucks (Most of the insurgents have more than that) and there's
still massive unemployment (between 20 and 40 percent, depending
on the source you consult) and lots of rebuilding left to do: Not
exactly the picture of stability.
So does that mean we've got to redouble our efforts to restabilize
Iraq, so we can get the hell outa there? Well, maybe not. Consider
this report from today's Washington
The Bush administration does not intend to seek
any new funds for Iraq reconstruction in the budget request going
before Congress in February, officials say. The decision signals the
winding down of an $18.4 billion U.S. rebuilding effort. ...
"The U.S. never intended to completely rebuild Iraq,"
Brig. Gen. William McCoy, the Army Corps of Engineers commander
overseeing the work, told reporters at a recent news conference. ...
From 14 percent to 22 percent of the cost of every nonmilitary
reconstruction project goes toward security against insurgent
But the insurgency has set back efforts across the board. In two of
the most crucial areas, electricity and oil production, relentless
sabotage has kept output at or below prewar levels despite the
expenditure of hundreds of millions of American dollars and
countless man-hours. ...
Iraqis nationwide receive on average less than 12 hours of power a
day. For residents of Baghdad, it was six hours a day last month,
according to a U.S. count, though many residents say that figure is
"The Americans," said Zaid Saleem, 26, who works at a
market in Baghdad, "are the best in destroying things but they
are the worst in rebuilding."
Oh yeah, things are getting plenty stable over
there. We'll be getting out real soon.
P.S. What must the displaced residents of New Orleans think of such
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