Friday, June 25, 2010

Weird, Completely Nonpredictable Results

So, let me get this straight. The US government destroys the Iraqi infrastructure, enforces 13 years of sanctions, invades (destroying the remaining infrastructure), and begins a reconstruction effort.

Oil fields, which could have made the average Iraqi healthy and wealthy, are given to the new Iraqi government, with the expectation that the revenues will be used for security and reconstruction. Additionally, the US government pours $4.6 billion into the effort to build a new electrical grid.

7 years later, Baghdad residents enjoy less than two hours of electricity per day and pay $100 per month for the privilege.


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