View Full Version : How The U.S. Spent Billions On Infrastructure, Which Iraq Could Not Maintain

01-24-2013, 03:24 PM
The United States continuously under estimated the magnitude of what it would take to rebuild Iraq. Originally, America had no plan for any kind of reconstruction believing that there would only be a humanitarian situation in the country after the 2003 invasion such as refugees, and food shortages. When the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) took over it then began a massive, multi-billion dollar rebuilding plan, but emphasized large infrastructure projects that had little immediate impact upon Iraqis. By 2005, the U.S. began switching to local reconstruction efforts that were supposed to be linked to a comprehensive counterinsurgency program, but that took two years to fully come to fruition. During the entire time what was neglected was the ability of the Iraqi government to manage and maintain the infrastructure that was being built and refurbished for it. Billions of dollars in power plants, water facilities, schools, etc. were being turned over to Iraqi authorities who either didnít want or couldnít run them. The Americans eventually tried to address this issue, but it came too little too late, resulting in massive waste.

continued (http://www.musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-us-spent-billions-on-infrastructure.html)