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April 15, 2009

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borisjimbo

We're in year seven of "liberating" Iraq and they still don't have the electrical power generating and distributing capability they had before Bush/Cheney pushed us into this fiasco. This is progress?

Eric

Iraqis have good reason to hate Americans, or at least to hate Americans who voted for George W. Bush, and that's half of the American public. (Of course, Americans who didn't vote for G.W. Bush also have good reason to hate the Americans who voted for him.)

rick coin

Not So Fast Friends; The electric issues in Iraq aren't a Bush problem or an American problem, they're an Iraq problem. Saddam stopped investing in infrastructure after 1991, probably anticipating that he would eventually be dethroned. So the power issue predates the US invasion. In fact, US forces paid for the rebuilding of many antiquated and neglected Iraqi generating stations. In addition to an inadequate generating plant was the issue of insurgent attacks on power infrastructure coupled with growing demand on the part of the Iraqi's ie. more TV's satellite, dishes, refrigerators and air conditioners - consumer goods not generally available under Saddam. Lastly, Saddam took power from the outlying cities generating plants, Basrah, Nasryia etc and diverted the power to Baghdad to placate the population of the capitol, his power base and the largest city in the country while punishing the cities of the south. So before you think of this as a Bush or US issue, peel the onion on the situation under Saddam. You'll find that it stinks.

Sahar IIS

"The electric issues in Iraq aren't a Bush problem or an American problem, they're an Iraq problem. Saddam stopped investing in infrastructure after 1991"

The infra structure was hit very effectively by Bush the father in what was called Desert Storm, and the electric power plants, although not in immaculate condition but in good enough condition to provide the whole country with electricity, were the first to be targeted. So if Saddam reasoning was to take what power was produced from the provincial power stations to pacify the capital in order to keep himself in power - What was the reasoning behind the U.S. destroying the power stations in the first place? Was it to make saddam mserable because he will be forced to spend sleepless nights in the heat?
I pose this question: Why did the U.S. target the power stations?

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