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Tuesday, September 14, 2004


Faced with mounting violence in Iraq, the Bush administration plans on Tuesday to propose shifting $3.46 billion from Iraqi water, power and other reconstruction projects to improve security, increase oil output and prepare for elections scheduled for January.
Of the more than $18 billion approved for Iraq's reconstruction, only about $1 billion has been spent so far.

Such a shift was recommended last month by John D. Negroponte, the American ambassador to Iraq.
Under the plan, the administration will call for shifting $1.804 billion now earmarked for water, sewage and electricity projects to expand Iraqi police and other security forces.
Right. More oil output, more repression, less electricity. Just what you'd expect Negroponte to think that Iraq needs.

Iraq may not be safe or prosperous after the US invaders leave, but it has no chance at all as long as they stay. Just air-drop the $18 billion on Iraq on the way out.