Why it fell apart in Iraq...

Discussion in '2006 Archive' started by The Galatian, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. The Galatian

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    ... the same reason it fell apart in the Soviet Union.

    "To pass muster with O'Beirne, a political appointee who screens prospective political appointees for Defense Department posts, applicants didn't need to be experts in the Middle East or in post-conflict reconstruction. What seemed most important was loyalty to the Bush administration.

    O'Beirne's staff posed blunt questions to some candidates about domestic politics: Did you vote for George W. Bush in 2000? Do you support the way the president is fighting the war on terror? Two people who sought jobs with the U.S. occupation authority said they were even asked their views on Roe v. Wade.

    Many of those chosen by O'Beirne's office to work for the Coalition Provisional Authority, which ran Iraq's government from April 2003 to June 2004, lacked vital skills and experience. A 24-year-old who had never worked in finance -- but had applied for a White House job -- was sent to reopen Baghdad's stock exchange. The daughter of a prominent neoconservative commentator and a recent graduate from an evangelical university for home-schooled children were tapped to manage Iraq's $13 billion budget, even though they didn't have a background in accounting."

    And now you know why billions just disappeared down ratholes.
     
  2. Daisy

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    Hey Barbarian - do you have a source and maybe a link for that? Looks to be an interesting read.
     
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    Ooops. Sorry. Here it is:
    "We didn't tap -- and it should have started from the White House on down -- just didn't tap the right people to do this job," said Frederick Smith, who served as the deputy director of the CPA's Washington office. "It was a tough, tough job. Instead we got people who went out there because of their political leanings."
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14868608/

    The rest from my previous post is there, too. This kind of stupidity is what took down the Soviet state. And now we are doing it.
     

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