May 09, 2003

Iraq Reconstruction Efforts For once

Iraq Reconstruction Efforts

For once the WaPo treats an Iraq-related issue in gloomier fashion than the NYT (though the NYT piece is solely on Basra).

NYT:

"The power is working in most of the city, though with intermittent outages, and work is under way to complete repairs to the water system. Some primary schools are holding classes, and the first paychecks for government workers are being distributed. Shops undamaged in looting are reopening, and families now walk certain streets well into the night without fear."

WaPo:

"A month after U.S. forces seized Baghdad, the Pentagon's occupation authority remains plagued by insufficient resources and inadequate preparations, fueling complaints from Iraqis and doubts about the Bush administration's promise to reconstruct the country swiftly and set its politics on a new, democratic course.

Military commanders, who roared into Baghdad and crushed President Saddam Hussein's government April 9, have not placed enough troops on the streets since then to tackle crime, restore a sense of public order and otherwise fill an authority vacuum that has arisen since Hussein went into hiding and his Baath Party apparatus disbanded. U.S. officers, acknowledging Iraqis' complaints about lax security, have pleaded that their troops are stretched too thin, and have announced plans to bring more personnel into Baghdad, including military police."

I hope to address this issue in more detail over the weekend.

Posted by Gregory at May 9, 2003 12:45 PM
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