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At Least They Have Cell Phones

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By:Tom Piatak | September 02, 2014

Over the weekend, I caught some of Raymond Arroyo’s interview with Paul Bremer, George W. Bush’s envoy to Iraq after our invasion. Bremer admitted that Iraqi Christians are worse off now than before the invasion, but he maintained that other Iraqis are “much better off.” In support of his claim that Iraqis are better off, Bremer said that Iraq’s per capita income is now higher, the country is now a democracy, with free newspapers, and Iraqis now have cell phones. Of course, since our invasion, Iraq has seen a bloody civil war, with many assassinations and kidnappings, tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, and hundreds of thousands have fled the country. And now ISIS is imposing its brutal and barbarous rule on large parts of the country, with the Iraqi army on which we lavished billions of dollars in equipment and training simply melting away rather than fight, leaving that equipment for ISIS. But at least the Iraqis have cell phones!

If those involved with designing and implementing Bush’s Iraq policy had any sense, they would simply keep quiet. Alas, they have no more sense now than they did then.

Comments

 

 
Dan Hayes
Rego Park
9/2/2014 10:32 PM
 

  Bremer - just another presently unindicted war criminal.

 
 
Robert
Mudville
9/3/2014 01:12 AM
 

  A wheelchair and cell phone in every Iraqi home! Well, Sam didn't call them the stupid party for nothen! The bad news for America is Hilary Clinton agrees with Paul Bremer and folks like Arroyo don't notice.

 
 
Henry A.
Urbana
9/3/2014 06:49 AM
 

  These stone face hypocrites will pay for their deeds, in this or the other life.

 
 
JMD
Stafford
9/3/2014 12:15 PM
 

  “Bremer said that Iraq’s per capita income is now higher, the country is now a democracy, with free newspapers, and Iraqis now have cell phones”. Another embarrassing example of what the West considers important and to be the end all be all gauge for determining happiness. Economic algorisms and material gains trump the in tacked family with the ability to worship in piece. I am certain the population, from the region once known as Iraq, would happily give up access to a voting booth for the return of their dead family members.

 
 
Clyde Wilson
Columbia
9/3/2014 03:43 PM
 

  Unfortunately, Bremer's defects of character and intelligence are entirely typical and pervasive in members of the U.S. ruling class, Republicans or Democrats.

 
 
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