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...Meanwhile in Iraq

From today's Washington Post: "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. Oil production stands at roughly 2 million barrels a day, compared with 2.6 million before U.S. troops entered Iraq in March 2003, according to U.S. government statistics.

The national electrical grid has an average daily output of 4,000 megawatts, about 400 megawatts less than its prewar level.

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 high.

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."

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Reader Comments (6)

Ungratefull Iraqis, they have peace, safety and freedom, now AND they want running water and electricity, like they used to have, as well.

Why, if I was President Bush, I'd pull all my troops out and leave them to themselves!!!!

Oh wait...... he can't.

HA HA!!!!

What do the Iraqis expect from a clown who can't say nuclear?????
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Pervy
It's unbelievable, isn't it. Blind Freddy can see that the Seppos have to get the fuck out. And get out NOW! It's unsustainable for all concerned. These guys couldn't run a fucking chook raffle in a pub. Nam all over again baby.
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris
I suppose whoever runs against the Republicans in the next election, has the luxury of being able to say "Big fucking mistake...I'll bring our troops home' without looking like a complete tosser ??
I wonder if Hillary will do that on her way to becoming the First Trout...
January 4, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterfingers
Totally unwinnable war - oh sorry, reconstruction effort. What a stuff up. You knew going in that they could not win - and the next Presedential election will be all about who can pull the troops out the fastest. That or more bloody wedge issues.

What I would not give to see Hillary vs. Condi.
January 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS
It's convenient for Bushrat and his cronies to call it a "war". It was and always will be the invasion of a sovereign country.
January 4, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris
Well yes lambe, it is, but the US see it as "promoting democracy" around the world - all the while disenfranchising large swathes of their own people.

It's so appalling - and Bush and his cronies have never served. Cheney had 7 deferrals from Vietnam. What a shit.

Not that I think Kerry's wrapping himself in the "I served in Vietnam" flag was a)particularly appropriate or b) a strategy that had any hope of winning - but at least he is not a bloody chicken hawk who relied on Daddy's money to stay safe in the continental US.
January 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS

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