It seems that all of that good news from Iraq the GOP keeps complaining isn’t being reported, isn’t — surprise, surprise — all that good.
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.
The inspections ranged geographically from northern to southern Iraq and covered projects as varied as a maternity hospital, barracks for an Iraqi special forces unit and a power station for Baghdad International Airport.
Thank God we didn’t have any other uses for all of the billions and billions of dollars we’ve pissed down a hole in Iraq, such as, say, fixing our own nation’s crumbling infrastructure, providing universal health care coverage for our citizens and rebuilding New Orleans.
Besides, what’s good for Halliburton is good for America — right?