Iraq: oh, and governing

While governance issues – providing the basic services of a government such as schools, roads, hospitals and energy infrastructure – may have been priorities in the first years of the war, they have since been overshadowed by the do-or-die security and political problems, so we won’t take up space talking about them here.

Suffice it to say that Iraq’s infrastructure and economy is not a whole heck of a lot better than it was four years ago. The Iraq Study Group chalks up the government’s inability to provide the basics of government to its people for a bunch of reasons: security; corruption; a lack of competent technocrats and judges and the fact that services are not divvied out evenly – they go mostly to the ethnic groups of who’s in power. While there are critics who say the US and other foreign nations have given too little cash to support Iraq’s infrastructure, the Iraq Study Group says that may be a small part of Iraq’s problems; with its other problems, Iraqis are finding it hard to spend the money they do have.

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Posted January 16, 2007

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