Report Spotlights Iraq Rebuilding Blunders

An unpublished 513-page federal history of the American-led reconstruction of Iraq depicts an effort crippled before the invasion by Pentagon planners who were hostile to the idea of rebuilding a foreign country, and then molded into a $100 billion failure by bureaucratic turf wars, spiraling violence and ignorance of the basic elements of Iraqi society and infrastructure.

The history, the first official account of its kind, is circulating in ... Full Story »

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Dec. 13, 2008

More enlightening information on a poorly planned and executed program under the Bush administration, that is now (and apparently always was) FUBAR.

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Marsha Iverson
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by Marsha Iverson - Dec. 13, 2008

Broad account of an unpublished federal report on the pathetically incompetent management and administration of the alleged American reconstruction of Iraq. The selected information gives a woeful picture of administrative incompetence. Left unmentioned are the equally pathetic results of the efforts, and any curiosity on what became of the money--more than $100 billion--we threw at the project.

The report described here is in complete contradiction of everything the American public was told about this fiasco in the major media. Other nations seem to have received a far clearer picture. How can we begin to recover--economically, ethically, morally--and how can we ever compensate the Iraqi civilians for destroying their country for no valid reason? The key lesson from this report is that the one single thing we can and MUST do is to hold accountable those who are responsible ... More »

Among the overarching conclusions of the history is that five years after embarking on its largest foreign reconstruction project since the Marshall Plan in Europe after World ... More »

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Chris Finnie
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by Chris Finnie - Dec. 13, 2008

This was difficult to rate because I found it interesting and it opened up some new topics. However, it did not cover some areas I've read about in other accounts. It did not cover fairly clear cases of outright fraud, or the American companies who refused to work with Iraqi people on the ground who had been working in the damaged water, sanitation, and power plants for many years. Whether it's because neither of those issues were in the report, or that this article chose not to explore them is not clear. Since these issues have been well documented for years, it is a fairly glaring lack if the report did not cover them. And a competent journalist should have pointed it out.

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Dec. 14, 2008

The report and the article on the report cover a number of blunders, but miss key top level points. The neocon objective was not to rebuild Iraq, but, in the frame of Naomi Klein, to reinvent Iraq as a test tube laboratory experiment of an unfettered free trade nation. The report ignores the obvious that it was not job for the military; they destroy, not build. The article also ignores the major idiocy of disbanding the whole Iraq military. The story is a good read for what it does disclose.

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Leo Romero
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by Leo Romero - Dec. 13, 2008
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Kenneth Sibbett
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by Kenneth Sibbett - Dec. 14, 2008

It's a good article retelling what everyone knows. The incompetence Of the Bush Administration is like watching a Three Stooges movie.

Quote."If you think we'er going to spend a billion dollars of money over here, you are sadly mistaken." Donald Rumsfeld

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