Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Mission Accomplished, Part 1

In light of the fourth anniversary of President Codpiece's mighty words that the Iraq War was over (except for the next ten years of war), here's an update on how well things are going in Iraq that will be nice and not even mention all the people still dying there (from the New York Times):

In a troubling sign for the American-financed rebuilding program in Iraq, inspectors for a federal oversight agency have found that in a sampling of eight projects that the United States had declared successes, seven were no longer operating as designed because of plumbing and electrical failures, lack of proper maintenance, apparent looting and expensive equipment that lay idle.

The United States has previously admitted, sometimes under pressure from federal inspectors, that some of its reconstruction projects have been abandoned, delayed or poorly constructed. But this is the first time inspectors have found that projects officially declared a success — in some cases, as little as six months before the latest inspections — were no longer working properly.

One out of eight--that's batting .125 (I figure putting it in baseball terms might help the president understand). Perhaps we can call the political equivalent of the Mendoza Line the W. Line, but I guess we do already have the Bush Leagues. It's a good thing the U.S. never has problems with rebuilding within its own borders, right New Orleans?

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