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  •  On the subject of Iraq health care (2+ / 0-)
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    mcfly, JamieG from Md

    At yesterday's hearing, the Democratic Policy Committee noted that more than half of the health clinics in Iraq paid for by U.S. taxpayers don't actually exist, although contractors billed us for them.

    For Bush to turn around and allege that peace activists don't care about the welfare of the Iraqi people is therefore outrageous hypocrisy.

    Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist. - Edmund Burke

    by Deep Harm on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 07:37:49 AM PDT

    •  That would be expected (0+ / 0-)

      Over 50% of Iraqi doctors have fled the country and many of the remainder can't or don't practice.  Things are so bad that Iraqi medical schools no longer issue diplomas for fear the graduates will take the paperwork and flee.  Instead, they will verify the graduation for any Iraqi entity, which effectively prevents new graduates from emmigrating. However, a side effect is that medical schools are having a hard time recruiting students since those who can are now applying to foreign medical schools.

      Wonder if they think Blackwater's employees are manning the clinics?

      •  I don't think you understand (1+ / 0-)
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        The contractors were supposed to build a certain number of clinics.  The built less than half of the number, but billed taxpayers for all of them.  Thus, there are few clinics to staff.

        Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist. - Edmund Burke

        by Deep Harm on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 08:05:16 AM PDT

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        •  I understand but the point is (1+ / 0-)
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          Deep Harm

          if they had built the clinics, how were they staffing them? It didn't take an on site inspection to figure this out; a beancounter in DC should have been able to spot this.

          Besides, the Arab press has covered this for a couple of years and last year al Jazeer ran a report on the new Iraqi schools where the "headmaster" showed the building after Haliburton left: roofless, doorless, windowless, with jumbles of desks and tables piled into corners but all the walls had a fresh shiny coat of whitewash.

          No wonder we look like world class rubes to the rest of the world.

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