The 100-billion dollar reconstruction blunder

Every news tidbit about the outgoing Bush administration seems to further confirm the suspicion that Dubya will no doubt go down as the worst president in US history.  At the very least he’s in the conversation and that’s bad enough.  Much of that is because he just never shifted course to right the wrong steps.  I can understand and to a certain degree forgive going to war in Iraq.  It’s not the move many of us would have chosen, but I can at least empathize with that decision.  What I can’t wrap my head around is how every questionable decision only pushed the boulder down the hill faster and faster until it crushed the town below.  He didn’t do anything to stop the boulder.

An unpublished US government report says US-led efforts to rebuild Iraq were crippled by bureaucratic turf wars, violence and ignorance of the basic elements of Iraqi society, resulting in a 100-billion-dollar failure, The New York Times reported on its website.

The newspaper said it had gotten hold of a copy of the 513-page federal history of the reconstruction effort that is circulating in Washington in draft form among a tight circle of technical reviewers, policy experts and senior officials.

The document has former secretary of state Colin Powell complaining that after the 2003 invasion, the Defense Department “kept inventing numbers of Iraqi security forces — the number would jump 20,000 a week! We now have 80,000, we now have 100,000, we now have 120,000.'”

The overarching conclusions of the history is that the US government has in place neither the policies nor the organizational structure that would be needed to undertake the largest reconstruction program after the Marshall Plan, the report said.

All in all, the document concludes that the rebuilding effort never did much more than restore what was destroyed during the invasion and the pervasive looting that followed, The Times pointed out.

By mid-2008, according to the history, 117 billion dollars had been spent on the reconstruction of Iraq, including about 50 billion in US taxpayer money, the paper noted.

Not funny, is that this Republican president, will best be known for pissing the US taxpayers money down a drain to make up for poor executive leadership.  Bad policy decisions resulting in both foreign and domestic malfeasance only to burn taxpayers money in the hopes that things would magically get better.  Instead, it’s probably just going to make things worse.

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