Monday, September 18, 2006

And you thought the Bush response to Katrina was bad...

There is an amazing (and infuriating) story in the Washington Post, written by the paper's former Baghdad bureau chief. If you don't mind getting angry and depressed and angry again, I highly recommend it to you.

It's a brief excerpt from his new book about the sheer mess, corruption, cronyism and ideological bullshit the Bush administration made of the reconstruction efforts in Iraq after the ground war ended and the U.S. took control.

He tells of Americans who were applying for positions to work and help in the reconstruction of that country's destroyed infrastructure being asked if they voted for Bush, and what their opinion on Roe v. Wade was. Of a 24-year-old with no experience in business being sent to reopen the Iraqi stock market. Of the removal of the man who was originally sent to help rebuild the country's precarious health system (an expert considered one of the best in the world at doing that) being replaced by a political hack.

As you read, it really makes your blood boil to think how the Bush people not only lied us into an unnecessary war, costing thousands of American lives, tens of thousands of Iraqi lives, and weakened our position on the world stage, but they totally fucked up the rebuilding of that country, when it perhaps could have been turned into a functioning democracy in the Middle East.

So to recap, the GOP impeaches Bill Clinton because he got a bob job. Bush destroys one country and makes our own demonstrably weaker, but, hey, no problem.


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