Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The American Conservative: Its the Corruption, Stupid


When the final page is written on America’s catastrophic imperial venture, one word will dominate the explanation of U.S. failure—corruption. Large-scale and pervasive corruption meant that available resources could not be used to stabilize and secure Iraq in the early days of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), when it was still possible to do so. Continuing corruption meant that the reconstruction of infrastructure never got underway, giving the Iraqi people little incentive to co-operate with the occupation. Ongoing corruption in arms procurement and defense spending means that Baghdad will never control a viable army while the Shi’ite and Kurdish militias will grow stronger and produce a divided Iraq in which constitutional guarantees will be irrelevant.


For the Civ-players out there - we should have saved a Great Leader to build our Forbidden Palace in Baghdad.

3 Thoughts:

Blogger Demotiki said...

Dude, if we had a great leader we would have to make him president.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 6:37:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

That's what the Persians called their monarch, in the real world.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:10:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Paul,

Thanks for posting this bit. It was nice to see some rational people still exist on the other side of the reality devide.

Andrew

Thursday, October 20, 2005 12:41:00 PM  

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