Friday, February 29, 2008

WAR ON IRAQ ->

This week, Robert Dreyfuss asked whether Iran was the big winner in the Iraq conflict. It's a complex question, but as far as victories go, this report from Azzaman, Iraq's largest-circulation newspaper, says quite a bit about how Iran's regional gains have in large part been built on the U.S.'s failures:


"Baghdad Mayor Saber al-Aisawi has asked Iranian firms' help to upgrade the level of municipal services in the capital... The deal is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars.


"Tehran Mayor Mohammed Baqer was in Baghdad last week and has promised to send in teams of engineers and technicians to reconstruct the war-torn capital. 'Iranian firms will help modernize the capital by building new parks, expanding green areas, constructing multi-storey car parks, improving the city's sewage system and drinking water plants and network,' Aisawi said.


"Aisawi's counterpart is reported to have vowed to open a branch of Tehran's municipal department in Baghdad, saying that the city's inhabitants should very soon feel the difference."


I guess someone has to get the basic services going, and it certainly hasn't been U.S. contractors with their billion-dollar no-bid contracts. Live by free market ideology, die by free market ideology. The tragedy is that it's not the free market ideologues doing the dying.


-Joshua Holland
Editor, Iraq special coverage



SO, WHAT HAVE THE AMERICANS BEEN UP TO?


The U.S. is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to pay
the salaries of some 600,000 gunmen in the three rival
ethnic camps in Iraq.
http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/77873/


OR, MAYBE YOU LIKE THIS STORY OUT OF IRAQ BETTER?


The military is denying crucial care to soldiers, making
them vulnerable on the battlefield.
http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/77867/


AREN'T YOU GLAD BUSH WAS SELECTED BY GOD TO DO THIS WORK?
assholes



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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.