This blog aims to accomplish two things. Given how quickly events are reported, misreported, and dropped by the MSM, we want to go back and see if we can't find some answers to questions that were and were not asked. Second, because the lazy MSM's chief tool for what passes as journalism is to quote pundits without having done any homework,the right questions don't get asked. We want to provide our readers the contact information for these pundits so we can ask them directly.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

7/26 WSJ Iraq Mismanagement Story Piques Our Interest
Link to Raw Story report:

Why? The story is mainly about Mr. Stuart Bowen, a man who has greatly benefitted from his proximity to Gov. and President Bush. His latest task was to be a toothless, "go along to get along" type of inspector general for Bremer's CPA. Fortunately, he actually took his job seriously and issued a string of "just the facts ma'am" reports that uncovered everything from negligence to outright theft on the part of CPA and US military personnel.
Why does this concern trblmkr? Isn't my main beef how the US miscalculated (lied about?)Iraq rebuilding costs before the war and then lied about why afterwards? Yes, and here's the overlap. Bremer is quoted as follows when rebuking his erstwhile employee, Mr. Bowen:

"Mr. Bremer chided the auditor for expecting conventional levels of accountability, saying that "given the situation the CPA found in Iraq at liberation, this is an unrealistic standard."" (emphasis added)

"...CPA found in Iraq..."
This, like Powell's 10/03 Madrid conference comments, makes it sound like the US had no means to even formulate a guess about Iraq'a prewar situation, ranging from infrastructure to existence of corruption. This is simply not true and to insinuate otherwise is a blatant lie to US taxpayers and our soldiers. Do reasoned readers think that we really entered this Iraq war with that degree of ignorance, 2000-page State Dept. memos, specifically written for "Phase IV" would suggest otherwise. If it wasn't ignorance on a massive scale, already bad enough, that leaves only the worse alternative...


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