Sunday, November 18, 2007

Nearly 5 years later and a HALF TRILLION dollars spent, 70% of Iraqis have no access to safe drinking water, 80% have no sanitation facilities

So, we're spending $330 million a day in Iraq. You would think, with all this US money spent, after 5 years the Iraqis would have basic services like clean water and basic sanitation. They don't. Most Iraqis lack basic sanitation, clean water and electricity.

The war profiteers are raking it in. Dick Cheney's Halliburton stock has soared in value and they've moved their company headquarters to Dubai to avoid taxes and accountability for their fraudulent contracts and shoddy work.

The Bush administration said the oil would pay for the reconstruction. At present production rates, it would take more than 100 years for Iraqi oil to pay the US back for what has been spent thus far, and obviously much more money will be required to rebuild Iraq.

Electricity, which is needed to power pumps, continues to be unreliable in many parts of Iraq, causing some taps to go dry because pumping stations and water treatment plants can't operate.

Despite the fact that Iraq and U.S. officials have made water projects among their top priorities, the percentage of Iraqis without access to decent water supplies has risen from 50 percent to 70 percent since the start of the U.S.-led war, according to an analysis by Oxfam International last summer. The portion of Iraqis lacking decent sanitation was even worse -- 80 percent.

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