The following is from a McClatchy report, 5 years after Iraq's 'liberation,' there are worms in the water by Hannah Allam, datelined March 16, 2008. It's about the massive infrastructure problems and every other kind of problem with key services delivery that emerged from the combined whammy of the demise of Saddam's regime, the US invasion, insurgencies, and all the infrastructure problems that Saddam's regime had swept under the rug.
Plus -- plus -- the Iraqis got a rude awakening about how modern democratic government actually works.
Pile that on top of the old-style way of getting things done -- graft -- and pile that on top of everything else, and the report would be tough reading. But the practical nature of many Iraqis -- and their sense of humor -- put the bad news in context. If both can somehow triumph over sectarian differences that today threaten to rip the country apart, Iraqis have a fighting chance to come out on top.
That is, if President Obama and the goons who pass for his national security advisers would stop trying to 'rebalance' the Middle East.
BAGHDAD (McClatchy)— Iraq's most prominent clerics have ruled that using a water pump on one's own pipes is akin to stealing resources from a neighbor, so what does a person do when it takes half an hour to fill a cooking pot with water from the tap?