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May 23, 2003

There's an article today in the NY Times about rising critism by senators over the Bush Administration's lack of planning and communication in the reconstruction of Iraq. Now, usually, I ignore this, since many of the Democrats will bicker and complain over anything. Tom Daschle, in my mind, just says whatever the opposite is of what Bush has said.However, I think I'm going to join the criticism this time. There was one quote I particularly thought was descriptive:

"...squandering a well executed military campaign with a half-baked plan for reconstruction."
The Administration has already dumped the first group in charge of the reconstruction and they're on to the second string. They need to stop looting and restore basic services and then can move on to democracy. Frankly, and note that I've never been over there and don't know what it's really like, I'm surprised it's taken so long to accomplish these two prerequisite goals.

Posted by charr at 9:24 AM
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I tend to ignore the nay-sayers after a while. Sometimes I wonder if they're talking just to hear their own voices and to keep their names in the newspapers. I'm not at all surprised that it's taking so long to get things back up and running. Who's to say that things were really "running" before the war? I've been to that region and anyone who has been to a third world nation will tell you, it's a friggin' wonder the entire place doesn't go up in flames from one day to the next. It's complete chaos. Once the police force is back up and running, things will start to simmer down.

Posted by jason at May 27, 2003 4:46 PM

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