Sunday, April 29, 2007

Emblematic Of The Entire Iraq Occupation

The NY Times reports today that a federal oversight agency that looked at eight reconstruction projects in Iraq that the Bush administration declared "successes" found seven are "no longer operating as designed because of plumbing and electrical failures, lack of proper maintenance, apparent looting and expensive equipment that lay idle."

The Times article goes on to say that:

The United States has previously admitted, sometimes under pressure from federal inspectors, that some of its reconstruction projects have been abandoned, delayed or poorly constructed. But this is the first time inspectors have found that projects officially declared a success — in some cases, as little as six months before the latest inspections — were no longer working properly.

Sums up the whole damn thing.

UPDATE: Seems it's only Democrats and independent voters who think the occupation in Iraq is going badly. According to Andrew Kohut of the Pew Research Center, Republican voters "continue to see a conflict that is going reasonably well, with a decent chance of military success."

I guess 80+ dead Americans and thousands of dead Iraqis every month and $500 billion dollars and counting in costs and a conflict that has gone on longer than WWII after Rummy told us we'd only be there a matter of weeks hasn't deterred Republicans from seeing all the "successes" we've brought to Iraq.

All snark aside, can you imagine the level of psychosis and/or cluelessness it takes to think the Iraq occupation is going reasonably well and has a decent chance of military success?

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