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GAO: Iraq Worse Off Now Than Before U.S. Invasion

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GAO: Iraq Worse Off Now Than Before U.S. Invasion

By Staff and Wire Reports
Jul 5, 2004, 04:59

In key areas, Iraq is worse off now than before the U.S. invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, a new General Accounting Office report says.

Electricity, country-wide security and the legal/judicial system were among the key areas cited by the bi-partisan investigative arm of Congress.

The report concludes that Iraqis, overall, are worse off now than before the U.S. invasion.

The report did not try to weigh the political value of having Saddam Hussein out of power but gave a bleak assessment of conditions. It is the first government appraisal of Iraq at the end of the 14-month occupation.

Included in the GAO findings:

Electricity in 13 of Iraq's 18 provinces, was available fewer hours per day on average last month than before the war. Nearly 20 million of Iraq's 26 million people live in those provinces.

Only $13.7 billion of the $58 billion pledged and allocated worldwide to rebuild Iraq has been spent, with an additional $10 billion about to be spent. Most of the money has been used to run Iraq's government ministries.

The court system overwhelmed, backlogged far more than before the war and judges are frequent targets of assassination attempts.

The new Iraqi civil defense, police and security units are suffering from mass desertions, poor training and poor equipment while fraud and scandal are more prevelant than befroe the war.
The number of what U.S. officials deem "significant" insurgent attacks skyrocketed from 411 in February to 1,169 in May.

The report was issued on the same day that the U.S. occupation's inspector general issued three reports highlighting management difficulties. They said the now-disbanded Coalition Provision Authority wasted millions of dollars at a Hilton hotel in Kuwait because it didn't have guidelines for who could stay there, lost track of how many employees it had in Iraq and didn't track reconstruction projects financed by international donors to ensure that they didn't duplicate U.S. projects.

All of the reports said the authority was seriously understaffed for the gargantuan task of rebuilding Iraq.

GAO Comptroller General David Walker blamed mismanagement and lack of a clear plan for rebuilding Iraq for many of the problems the country now faces.

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Well, that was the goal of the plan. 05.Jul.2004 12:55

Tony Blair's dog

Cheney's oil-company buddies can't steal
the oil from the Iraqis if they don't
have other things to worry about.

oh look... 05.Jul.2004 13:30

this thing here

>GAO Comptroller General David Walker blamed mismanagement and lack of a clear plan for rebuilding Iraq for many of the problems the country now faces.<

now, as was also the plan, the problems of this mismanagement shall be foisted upon the iraqi's, while the bush admin. shall seek all the applause and credit, as meanwhile, this story will, somehow, not be noticed or reported by the cheerlead.. no i mean the press...

INTERNAL WHITE HOUSE MEMO
JULY 2001
TO ALL AGENCIES, DEPTS., CABINET MEMBERS AND STAFF -

"look, stop all the worried conversation and scratching of heads. why do we even have to have a plan for post-war iraq? why do we even have to do a good job there? we go in, we get out, and we leave all the ensuing problems to the iraqi's, while claiming all the credit for whatever goes well. we've done the same in southeast asia and latin america. let's do the same in the middle east. blame the iraqi's. blame them for the war. blame them for not liking being occupied. blame them for the violence and the assassinations. you see, the job of politics is to get away with murd... no, i mean get away with things..." - k.r., g.w.b.