Jeffrey LewisUSAID "Accomplishments in Iraq"

Some “highlights” in the USAID fact sheet released a couple of weeks ago:

Power Production
“In April, Iraq/’s electrical generation capacity was 1,275 MW-29 percent of the pre-conflict level. … Total demand in Iraq is still estimated to be 7,000 MW, and although the overall security situation has improved-especially since the deployment of /’power police/’ to guard sensitive lines-looting of cables, destruction of high-tension towers, and fuel line sabotage persist.”

Water and Sanitation
“Iraq has 13 major wastewater facilities. Baghdad/’s three facilities are currently inoperable and comprise three quarters of the nation/’s sewage treatment capacity. Raw waste flows directly into the Tigris River.”

There is, however, some good news:

Ports, Bridges, and Rails
“As part of Bechtel/’s $1.03 billion contract, airports, seaports, roads, bridges, and railways are being rebuilt, allowing for the transport of humanitarian assistance, reconstruction material, and increased commerce.”

“As part of the reconstruction effort three bridges were identified as priorities for rebuilding. These bridges are critical to maintaining highway links in Iraq and providing transportation of food, people, and fuel across the country. … The three bridges will be completed by May.”

The $1.03 billion infrastructure for Iraq (population: 22,675,617) compares, um, interestingly with the $2.3 billion in highway and transit funds available for the Great State of Alaska (Population 643,786), which just happens to be home to Alaska Congressman Don Young, the Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

That $2.3 billion includes funding for four bridges in Alaska.