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Wednesday
Jan252006

Mission Unaccomplished

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Bush's checklist
Yesterday's New York Times brought news of the first official assessment of American reconstruction efforts in Iraq, in which the government's special inspector general depicted a policy beset, as Times reporter James Glanz put it, "by gross understaffing, a lack of technical expertise, bureaucratic infighting [and] secrecy." At one point, rebuilding efforts were divided, bewilderingly and counterproductively, between the Army Corps of Engineers and, for projects involving water, the Navy. That's when you'd think a president would make clear in no uncertain terms that bureaucratic turf battles would not be allowed to impede Iraq's reconstruction. But then, the president had no guiding vision for how to rebuild Iraq -- indeed, he went to war believing that such an undertaking really wouldn't require much in the way of American treasure and American lives.

From today's Washington Post.

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Reader Comments (2)

I am over 40, occasionally wear tweeds and drive an old Porsche. And yes have great fun in it. Sod the hoi polloi.

What does that make me?
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Simpson-Birks
A man who knows a good car. I was into Beetles as a young man. Had an oval-windowed 1955 model (rare) through to a 1970 1500 German-made model the best they made. And several Kombis. I could drop the Beetle motor out in about twenty minutes on my own. Always wanted a Porsche. Still do. But the Benz W124 I have now does me nicely - a wolf in sheep's clothing.
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris

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