Comments on: Iraq’s Money and America’s Responsibility where the Arab world thinks out loud Wed, 16 Jun 2010 15:56:58 +0000 hourly 1 By: steve Mon, 08 Feb 2010 04:16:56 +0000 As Iraq’s infrastructure was held together with string and sticky tape at best before the war, at the end of a very short war, what did the Iraqi’s do, go on a looting spree haveing it away on their toes with anything and everything, putting their country back into the dark ages, so of course rebuilding is going to take a lot longer, plus Iraqs infrastructure to start with was a lot worse than anyone had expected, Saddam useing the oil for food money to build more palaces instead of useing it for food and medicine for the people of Iraq as was the deal for that oil sale
Saddam was the butcher of Baghdad and the rest of Iraq
Now if the CBI would just get on with the RVing of the Iraqi dinar then the Iraqi’s will be OK
Have a nice day and stay lucky, S.

By: Oliver Pearce Mon, 18 Aug 2008 15:35:55 +0000 Iraq announced on Monday that it will take $400bn to rebuild.–506782?PHPSESSID=c8c716e29caea5aec2d37d4163932a9a

By: Oliver Pearce Mon, 18 Aug 2008 09:11:24 +0000 Dear James,

Thank you for your comment. I would like to take this opportunity to say that your comments on Iraq’s infrastructure are patently untrue.

Yes, the U.S. has invested heavily in Iraq, and new hospitals, electricity stations, water plants and schools have popped up, as I wrote in my report.

However, the number of uncompleted projects is high, and the GAO has reported in the past that billions have been wasted on unfinished U.S. reconstruction projects – awarded to both U.S. and Iraqi companies.

Saddam’s regime did not provide for all areas of the country, indeed the national grid was built largely to serve Baghdad and isolate the Kurds and other rebellious regions, yet the basics were provided.

Mounds of sewage were not the norm under his regime, nor was a massive lack of electricty in cities or running water.

Saying that Iraq is “better off” when its urban areas are filled with depravity and lack of basic public utilies and services is incredibly insulting and patronising to the people whose lives have been ruined since 2003.

I was, and still am, an advocate of the war, but we cannot turn a blind eye to events on the ground, despite some sections of the media to portray Iraq as a major improvement.

Please feel free to take this up with my via my email.



By: James Sat, 16 Aug 2008 16:27:54 +0000 It would be a more fair comparison to compare Iraq’s infrastructure to where it was before the US invasion. I have read reports that Iraq has more electrical power now than before 2003(though, it is more spread out).

From everything that I have heard, Iraq’s infrastructure still has a long way to go, but is better off, as a whole, after US investments.

What a strange world we live in when we think that the US has a ‘moral obligation’ to a conquered country? The US won, they can do what they want with the spoils. Fortunately, they are kind and are investing, at their own expense, in providing a brighter future for Iraq. The only way to properly describe it is charity.