Sunday, September 17, 2006

At Some Point It Isn't Even Shocking Anymore

If you have any questions about why the rebuilding of Iraq went so badly, then you must reading this story on the front page of today's Washington Post. After the Katrina disaster, it shouldn't surprise anyone that party loyalty is more important in the Bush government than competency. But considering that this has contributed to the loss of over 2,500 American soldiers, there should be outrage.

Some examples:

- 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.

- Two people who sought jobs with the U.S. occupation authority said they were asked their views on Roe v. Wade .

- The pentagon discarded applications from those deemed ideologically suspect, even if the applicants possessed Arabic language skills or postwar rebuilding experience.

- "I'm not here for the Iraqis," one staffer noted to a reporter over lunch. "I'm here for George Bush."

If you can read this story and not be outraged and ashamed, then you probably would have been considered qualified to work on the rebuilding of Iraq. Shameful.