Thursday, August 02, 2007

Let them drink Kool-Aid

From O'Hanlon and Pollack's July 30, 2007, NYT op/ed, "A War We Just Might Win."
Everywhere [in Baghdad], Army and Marine units were focused on securing the Iraqi population, working with Iraqi security units, creating new political and economic arrangements at the local level and providing basic services — electricity, fuel, clean water and sanitation — to the people….
Well, some people more than beg to differ.
Report Says Iraq Humanitarian Crisis Grows

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- A massive humanitarian crisis is developing in Iraq, a new report published Monday warned [emph added].

A report released Monday by the humanitarian organizations Oxfam and the NGO Coordination Council in Iraq warned that about one-third of Iraq requires emergency food assistance while a growing number lack drinking water or have fallen completely into refugee status.
The BBC's World Service is monitoring the effects of the surge, week by week, by looking at casualty figures, the pressure on hospitals and quality of life for ordinary civilians. Here's the current data for electricity for three families living in and near Baghdad.

I want to ask O'Hanlon and Pollack one question: Just who's kool-aiding who here?

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