Saturday, July 28, 2007

E-Lex-tri-city

What would you do if you couldn't even run your fan? I admit I totally borrowed this from Rorshach. You see, I grew up in Texas in the '50's and when it was 110F we were ordered to lie on the floor in front of a fan during the afternoons. It's hotter than that in Baghdad, and no fans!!

Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week that Baghdad residents could count on only "an hour or two a day" of electricity. That's down from an average of five to six hours a day earlier this year.

But that piece of data has not been sent to lawmakers for months because the State Department, which prepares a weekly "status report" for Congress on conditions in Iraq, stopped estimating in May how many hours of electricity Baghdad residents typically receive each day.

Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week that Baghdad residents could count on only "an hour or two a day" of electricity. That's down from an average of five to six hours a day earlier this year.

But that piece of data has not been sent to lawmakers for months because the State Department, which prepares a weekly "status report" for Congress on conditions in Iraq, stopped estimating in May how many hours of electricity Baghdad residents typically receive each day.


For those of you who have never lived without the basic comforts, that may not be meaningful. I shall continue biting my tongue and not express violent intentions toward the war criminals.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Nora said...

You would think that, at the very least, an occupier would pay attention to the nuts and bolts of daily life -- making sure that the people get food, for instance, and clean water and electricity. It's a lot easier for people to go along to get along if the basics of life are covered.

This is what happens when people who are ignorant of history, and who basically have contempt for any kind of professionalism and education, try to run the world. They make mistakes at this basic and phenomenally stupid level.

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