THE ABANDONMENT BEGINS

After never sending enough troops to provide order for a peaceful democratic transition in Iraq, the Bush administration is now cutting Iraq’s reconstruction funds to zero in the future. Once again: a memory check. Do I recall being told that a critical element in winning over Iraqis would be a massive Marshall-Plan-type effort to rebuild the economy? Was I then reassured that America’s military strategy would be primarily to protect infrastructure and to rebuild the shattered energy and electricity grid? Last week saw a major oil refinery succumb to insurgent sabotage. And up to a quarter of all reconstruction funds have been soaked up by security. Now the funding will end altogether. And people wonder why the Bush administration has a trust issue with the American public.

GAY COWBOYS: Been there. Done that. Pudding, anyone? Meanwhile, Ross reviews …

– posted by Andrew.

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