Sunday, April 29, 2007

7 Out Of 8 "Successful" Projects In Iraq In Shambles

Rebuilding Iraq, one failure at a time.

The New York Times is reporting that :

"In a troubling sign for the American-financed rebuilding program in Iraq, inspectors for a federal oversight agency have found that in a sampling of eight projects that the United States had declared successes, seven were no longer operating as designed because of plumbing and electrical failures, lack of proper maintenance, apparent looting and expensive equipment that lay idle."

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So in other words 7 out of 8 "success stories" are now failures, so is the typical story of the entire story of the Iraq war.

It really leaves me to wonder how the Bush Administration and it's loyalist can continue to claim there are "real success stories in Iraq that the media isn't telling you."

One example is 11.8 billion that was spent on generators for an airport, now 8.6 billion dollars worth are not even working. That's a job well done!

Another example was medical workers who could not find the keys to an expensive medical incinerator, as a result medical waste including used syringes and dirty bandages were "clogging the sewage system and probably contaminating the water system."

Here's the real kick, the Officials said they wanted to sample various projects from various regions but :

"they were constrained from taking a true random sample in part because many projects were in areas too unsafe to visit."

This, they claim means that :

"the initial set of eight projects — which cost a total of about $150 million — cannot be seen as a true statistical measure of the thousands of projects in the roughly $30 billion American rebuilding program."

Common sense would suggest that if 7 out of 8 projects in so called safe areas had failed then projects in areas too dangerous to visit have most likely failed as well.

But asking for common sense to be used in the war or rebuilding is like, I don't know, walking on water.