Monday, January 16, 2006

Dear Iraqis: Welcome to "democracy."

"You break it, you buy it?" Not fucking likely:

After more than 2 1/2 years of sputtering reconstruction work, the United States' "Marshall Plan" to rebuild this war-torn country is drawing to a close this year with much of its promise unmet and no plans to extend its funding.

The $18.6 billion approved by Congress in 2003 will be spent by the end of this year, officials here say. Foreign governments have given only a fraction of the billions they pledged two years ago.

With the country still a shambles, U.S. officials are promoting a tough-love vision of reconstruction that puts the burden on the Iraqi people.

You Iraqis might want to get used to sporadic electricity and a chronic shortage of clean water. Apparently, King George has been distracted by another bright, shiny thing.

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