"US postwar planning for Iraq almost nonexistentOne more report that points to the incompetence of our favorite emperor.
Government report says poor planning left Iraq without enough skilled workers to rebuild efficiently.
By Tom Regan | csmonitor.com
A report from the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) says that poor postwar planning for Iraq by the Bush administration meant that there were not enough skilled workers available to properly rebuild Iraq's economy and public works.
The Associated Press reports that previous surveys by the Bush administration and congressional auditors blamed the insurgency and the high price of security for the lag in rebuilding Iraq.
'Pre-war reconstruction planning assumed that Iraq's bureaucracy would go back to work when the fighting stopped,' it said. 'When it became clear that the Iraqi bureaucracy was in widespread disarray,' occupation authorities 'had to find coalition personnel to perform these tasks.'
'The US government workforce planning for Iraq's reconstruction suffered from a poorly structured, ad-hoc personnel management processes,' the report said, calling hiring practices 'haphazard.'"
The TomPaine website puts it more succinctly:
After an investment of billions, Bowen reports that slightly more than a third of all water projects planned will ever actually be completed. Currently, two of three Iraqis are left with no potable water; only one in five has sewerage. Furthermore, recent figures suggest that at 4,000 megawatts, nation-wide electrical generating capacity is below pre-war levels and far below the goal of 6,000 MW. Instead of rebuilding several steam-turbine power stationsÃ‚Â as Iraqi engineers and managers recommendedÃ‚Âthe CPAÃ‚Âs crony contractors chose to build new natural gas and diesel-powered combustion-turbine stations, despite the fact that Iraq doesnÃ‚Ât have adequate supplies of either. As a result of this arrogance and neglect, billions were wasted while the electricity in Baghdad is on for just a few hours each day.Yes - its a war zone: shit happens. That's why you want the brightest guys in the room doing not only the war planning, but the planning for the occupation and reconstruction. We failed horribly in all 3 efforts thanks to our leaders faith-based leadership style. (I'm not even gonna attack the flawed rationale for war.)
What's amazing is that more than 1 in a thousand American's still support this buffoon and his league of incompetents.