View Full Version : reorienting reconstruction in Iraq

01-02-2006, 03:31 PM
or shifting funds from reconstruction via the Pentagon to USAID, the State Dept and IMF. This might be a clue that GW really isn't into nation building.


01-02-2006, 03:37 PM
You mean you don't read the Post till the afternoon? I read that before you were up! :D

Shifting funds to the IMF? That not only means he is not into nation-building, that means he is into nation-ensalving. But then again, we knew that all along, didn't we? ;)

01-02-2006, 03:43 PM
I read it last night!

I gather that the abrupt rise of gas prices in Iraq was at the IMFs urging. Not that subsidized oil is good for the Iraqis. Now that I think about it we've got subsidized oil in that the price would probably be higher if it wasn't for our military costs to secure those supplies. So maybe it's not good for us and it should be $1 or two more.


[ 01-02-2006, 04:18 PM: Message edited by: LeeG ]

01-02-2006, 05:30 PM
I think the most significant item in that article is the shifting definition of 'reconstruction.'

A lot of what Bush calls 'reconstruction' is not stuff that the Iraqis appreciate. He talks a lot about rebuilding schools and highways, but we've spent more money on prisons and detention centers.

"It is easy for the Americans to say, 'We are doing reconstruction in Iraq,' and we hear that. But to make us believe it, they should show us where this reconstruction is," said Mustafa Sidqi Murthada, owner of a men's clothing store in Baghdad. "Maybe they are doing this reconstruction for them in the Green Zone. But this is not for the Iraqis."

"Believe me, they are not doing this," he said, "unless they consider rebuilding of their military bases reconstruction."