Friday, August 19, 2005

Where to begin?

Normally, when I read an article that I want to mention, I have little difficulty finding a notable excerpt or two that is more powerful than the remainder of the piece. This is not the case with last Sunday's Washington Post story, "U.S. Lowers Sights On What Can Be Achieved in Iraq." This report is oozing with eye-popping facts about the dismal situation over there. I encourage you all to read it, even those of you who disdain politics. However, I realize that some of my readers might not click that link, so here is my best shot at providing some of the more pertinent passages:
But the realities of daily life are a constant reminder of how the initial U.S. ambitions have not been fulfilled in ways that Americans and Iraqis once anticipated. Many of Baghdad's 6 million people go without electricity for days in 120-degree heat. Parents fearful of kidnapping are keeping children indoors.

Barbers post signs saying they do not shave men, after months of barbers being killed by religious extremists. Ethnic or religious-based militias police the northern and southern portions of Iraq. Analysts estimate that in the whole of Iraq, unemployment is 50 percent to 65 percent.

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The ferocious debate over a new constitution has particularly driven home the gap between the original U.S. goals and the realities after almost 28 months. The U.S. decision to invade Iraq was justified in part by the goal of establishing a secular and modern Iraq that honors human rights and unites disparate ethnic and religious communities.

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"We set out to establish a democracy, but we're slowly realizing we will have some form of Islamic republic," said another U.S. official familiar with policymaking from the beginning, who like some others interviewed would speak candidly only on the condition of anonymity.
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On security, the administration originally expected the U.S.-led coalition to be welcomed with rice and rosewater, traditional Arab greetings, with only a limited reaction from loyalists of ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. The surprising scope of the insurgency and influx of foreign fighters has forced Washington to repeatedly lower expectations -- about the time-frame for quelling the insurgency and creating an effective and cohesive Iraqi force capable of stepping in, U.S. officials said.

Killings of members of the Iraqi security force have tripled since January. Iraq's ministry of health estimates that bombings and other attacks have killed 4,000 civilians in Baghdad since Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari's interim government took office April 28.

3 Comments:

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous E. Cagney Matthews said...

this post is too long. my ADD is acting up.

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger Dan said...

You must be a big fan of The Washington Post Express, Jeff.

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger jeffro said...

it provides much too extensive coverage for me...

 

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