One Veteran's Voice

27 January 2006

"It is just hard to get a country happy and stable when your kids are drinking from puddles."



Shortfall on Iraq Goals
Posted by Perry Jefferies
02:00 PM Jan 27, 2006

A preview of an Inspector General report today details shortfalls in project completion in Iraq. You can read the whole thing here but it discusses what is now obvious - that the insurgency and instability increased the price of civil engineering projects, which will now be curtailed to save money.

There are larger implications for our forces though. As the report says "In polls and everyday conversations, Iraqis routinely describe the lack of basic services such as clean water and a steady supply of electricity as perhaps the biggest problem facing the war-ravaged country, ranking it alongside -- and often ahead of -- insecurity and persistent insurgent violence." It is just hard to get a country happy and stable when your kids are drinking from puddles. This inability to rebuild keeps a level of anger seething in the Iraqis that our men and women have to deal with. The lack of reconstruction limits the choices a young might have when considering whether to accept payment to place an IED for instance. If his choice was between a clean and stable area, with a job; the twenty or thirty dollars offered to emplace a roadside bomb might not be so attractive. In many areas now though - what does he have to lose?

One of the administration's three legs of the Iraq strategy was supposed to be a reconstruction. In recent documents, that leg has been deleted. When that strategy falls, as a two-legged stool must eventually - it will fall on our troops.


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8 Comments:

Puma said...

Yes, and I am sure the coming airstrikes will greatly enhance our image there as well! What more could an Iraqi ask for?

1/27/2006 04:16:00 PM  
Elmo said...

The troops have been set up as the scapegoats all along. Like toilet paper, they use it to get the shit off their asses, then flush it down and forget about it.

1/27/2006 09:53:00 PM  
offensive said...

If the soldiers did their fucking job none of this would have happened. I am shocked every time I see some news out of Iraq and there are still people walking around without a US uniform on. Haven't we fucking kelled all them stupid Iraqis yet? They could all drink piss for all I care, since they are on borrowed time anyhow. ONE VET, you suck. GUTS blog is so much better. You should make a post about me and spice this shit up.

1/29/2006 02:41:00 PM  
One Veteran said...

Thanks, offensive, for a good laugh and the weakest ad hominem attack yet offered on this blog. Read more of offensive's hate speech here

1/29/2006 02:56:00 PM  
fbg46 said...

Following up on Elmo's point:

One of the (many) reasons many of us vets from Back In The Day were virulently opposed to diverting our attention away from where the enemy was -- Afghanistan -- to where the enemy wasn't -- Iraq -- was that unless Iraq went EXACTLY like the neocons thought it was going to go -- rose petals, blah, blah -- there was no way there could be a decent outcome.

Alot of us saw how the military in general and the Army in particular were left holding the bag after the Late SE Asia Unpleasantness. We -- rightly it turned out -- feared that what happened then was going to happen now.

Setting aside the carnage we have visited on the Iraqi people and our ushering in some sort of pro-Iranian, pro - Muslim government in Iraq -- we are bleeding the Army and the USMC to the point where it will take years to restore them.

And all thanks to our draft - dodging, feckless fratboy of a President.

1/29/2006 04:06:00 PM  
Puma said...

I don't know One Vet, I might have you beat: Offensive's last little ad hominem wail at me was even weaker, lol. Of course, that was on the link you mentioned, and not here :)

1/30/2006 08:58:00 AM  
One Veteran said...

yeah, that 'she must be fat' comment was classic. When I try to picture offensive I keep coming back to some kind of angry adolescent typing his rants from his momma's basement. One of the 101st fighting keyboarders. No real world experience, no cogent arguments, just a lot of saber rattling and hot air. Who are these people? Are they real? Are they serious? Are they just looking for a rise? It boggles my mind, but it also cuts right to the core-- when rational argument fails, hate the 'liberals' and the 'peaceniks' and the 'tree huggers'.

I own guns, so I'm not a peacenik. I am environmentally conscious, but I haven't hugged any trees lately. I guess I might be a dirty liberal, but that has only become a slur because spinless democrats let it happen back in the 90's. This election cycle, the Republican party, led by Karl Rove's marketing department, will once again try to suggest that the opposition are weak on national defense. When all else fails, sling mud. They're already covered in it.

Democrats aren't the ones who have run the army into the ground in Iraq, all the while insisting that nothing is wrong. (Most) dems voted for it, so they are complicit, and trying to cover their own asses, but this whole Iraq thing was the brainchild of conservative think tanks. Low and behold it blows up in our faces. Blame the dems, the peaceniks, the dirty liberals. Spy on them. Watch them. Muzzle the truth. Spread the propaganda. That's who we're dealing with here-- and fire must be fought with fire.

1/30/2006 01:25:00 PM  
TBone said...

OVV said: "Democrats aren't the ones who have run the army into the ground in Iraq, all the while insisting that nothing is wrong."

You're right. The Democrats, under Clinton, cut the Army back so deeply that we didn't have enough forces to do this job without wearing dudes out. Please, please, don't forget about that. I get sooooooooo tired of Dems whining about this war being fought by an insufficient force, but when their idol Slick Willy disemboweled the military, they said NOTHING about it. Can't have it both ways.

BTW...I'm retired~~~yeah~~~yeah~~~fuck yeah!!

6/27/2006 12:45:00 PM  

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