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March 26, 2006
It's Over

Costs to rebuild shifting to Iraqis

$21 billion U.S. effort to end short of goals

The head of the U.S. program to rebuild Iraq said Thursday that the Iraqi government can no longer count on U.S. funds and must rely on its own money and cash from other Persian Gulf nations to complete the massive undertaking.

Sorry about your country, kids.

Speckhard's remarks signal the unwinding of an extensive rebuilding campaign intended to stabilize Iraq and neutralize insurgents after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The $21 billion U.S.-funded program set out to fix or build schools, roads, clinics, ports, bridges, government offices, phone networks, power plants and water systems

All done now, bye-bye.

•Electrical capacity is below prewar levels.

•Only 49 of 136 planned water projects will be finished.

•300 of 425 electricity projects will be completed.

As much as $5.6 billion for projects was reallocated to tackle “security needs driven by a lethal and persistent insurgency,” Bowen said.

U.S. reconstruction officials once aimed to create public-works jobs for 1.5 million Iraqis. The U.S. Agency for International Development said last week that 77,000 have been created.

Ah. So that's what Mission Accomplished looks like in the 21st century?

Posted by AnneZook at 04:28 PM


So, we break it, they buy it?

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at March 26, 2006 05:09 PM

They made us break it, after all. The bullies.

No wonder we're taking our toys and going home.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at March 26, 2006 08:26 PM

They totally did. Make us, I mean. They forced us to invade and then they weren't even hardly grateful at all. Just because a few tens of thousands of civilians died and a few thousand people were disappeared anonymously into foreign prisons in the middle of the night, they got all bitter and rebellious.

Now they think we're going to give them back electricity and a police force and health care and schools and stuff?

Hmph. Not even.

Posted by: Anne at March 27, 2006 07:01 PM