Thursday, April 29, 2004

HOW NOT TO RECONSTRUCT IRAQ


Matthew Yglesias points us to a recent CPA Powerpoint briefing on the state of progress in reconstructing Iraq with less than 100 days to go until scheduled "handover."

Lowlights:

Electricity Peak Production Goal for June 2004: 6,000 Megawatts; Actual Production, week of March 26: 3,896 Megawatts

Iraqi Police Forces
Required: 75,000; as yet untrained: 54,573; training on the job: 13,286

Dept. of Border Enforcement
Required: 25,727; as yet untrained: 14,070; training on the job: 9,177

Iraqi Armed Forces
Required: 40,000; on duty: 3,005; in training: 2,169

Captured Weapons, March 2004
RPG Launchers: 293; Small Arms: 1,173; WMDs: 0

Jobs created by the CPA for Iraqi's: 395,000; Promised US jobs created by Bush tax cuts: 5.5 million; US private sector jobs created to date under Bush (through March): -1.84 million.

Governance (see p. 29): "Place Holder Place Holder For Governance Notes Page"

Crude Oil Production Output Goal: 2 million barrels per day; actual prodcution: approx 2.45 million barrels per day.

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Oh vey. This is just going to get uglier.

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