The Deconstruction of Iraq
When the US invaded Iraq it had been debilitated by a decade of sanctions, but its infrastructure was in tact. Three years later, the US has succeeded in turning this once great civilization into a wasteland.
The ambitions of 2003, when President Bush spoke of making Iraq's infrastructure "the best in the region," have given way to the shortfalls of 2006, in electricity and water supply, sanitation, health facilities and oil production. A University of Maryland poll in January found strong majorities of Iraqis hopeful about their country's future in general, but only one in five thought the Americans had done a good job on reconstruction.In short, Iraq is destroyed. The US liberated Iraqis from their infrastructure.
Even after billions were spent on power plants and substations, electricity generation still hasn't regained the level it had before the U.S. invasion of 2003. When Fallon's experts keep the lights burning late, they're relying on emergency U.S. generators in their "Green Zone" enclave, since the rest of Baghdad gets power only a few hours a day.
Barely one-third of the water-treatment projects the Americans planned will be completed. Only 32 percent of the Iraqi population has access to clean drinking water now, compared with 50 percent before the war, according to the U.S. special inspector-general for Iraq reconstruction.
About 19 percent of Iraqis today have working sewer connections, compared with 24 percent before 2003.
After three years in which the U.S. government allocated more than $20 billion for Iraq reconstruction, a bill now making its way through Congress adds only $1.6 billion this year, just $100 million of it for construction - not for building schools or power stations, but for prisons.On the ashes of Iraqi civilization, Americans build what they build best - prison camps.