Sunday, September 17, 2006

This is some bad commentary that,for me, makes it very hard to take the person seriously. First the full text of the original post from Daily Kos:

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Exporting Incompetence
by georgia10
Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 10:17:07 AM PDT

From the Washington Post:

After the fall of Saddam Hussein's government in April 2003, the opportunity to participate in the U.S.-led effort to reconstruct Iraq attracted all manner of Americans -- restless professionals, Arabic-speaking academics, development specialists and war-zone adventurers. But before they could go to Baghdad, they had to get past Jim O'Beirne's office in the Pentagon.

To pass muster with O'Beirne, a political appointee who screens prospective political appointees for Defense Department posts, applicants didn't need to be experts in the Middle East or in post-conflict reconstruction. What they needed to be was a member of the Republican Party.

O'Beirne's staff posed blunt questions about domestic politics: Did you vote for George W. Bush in 2000? Do you support the way the president is fighting the war on terror? Two people who sought jobs with the U.S. occupation authority said they were even asked their views on Roe v. Wade .

Garbage in, garbage out:

Many of those chosen by O'Beirne's office to work for the Coalition Provisional Authority, which ran Iraq's government from April 2003 to June 2004, lacked vital skills and experience. A 24-year-old who had never worked in finance -- but had applied for a White House job -- was sent to reopen Baghdad's stock exchange. The daughter of a prominent neoconservative commentator and a recent graduate from an evangelical university for home-schooled children were tapped to manage Iraq's $13 billion budget, even though they didn't have a background in accounting.

This is what happens when you put the Republican Party in charge. Whether its the United States or the Iraq, Republicans simply can't govern, can't manage, and can't produce results. They have the Midas touch of mistake, transforming any minor crisis into catastrophe. They ignore any calls to rectify their wrongs, choosing instead to stand on piles of debris and death, pointing out just how damn glad we should be that they're in charge.

So this is your liberated Iraq, America, in shambles and in shame, brought to you by the GOP.

Party above country. Any country.

Party above any logic. Party above any need.

Always.

And to hell with the results, no matter how bloody they may be.
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The problem of people being placed by political affiliation is definitely a rampant disaster in this administration. In addition, you will not find me saying that the way Republicans do things is the way I think things should be done. Saying that "This is what happens when you put the Republican Party in charge" I think is an unfair statement that doesn't really help any kind of discourse. The Bush administration has done this kind of thing for years, starting right after they came in to office with all the regulatory agencies and eventually spreading throughout anything they could get their hands on. There are, however, plenty of honest republicans who just have very bad ideas, but still believe that a qualified person should execute their very bad ideas. This is a huge issue that I've read about happening in Iraq in a different capacity, in the Iraqi government. In that case it's the Shiite majority replacing competent Sunnis with Shiites whether they happen to be competent or not. Pretty much the same thing as the Bush administration is doing, just a different flavor of religious zealotry. I think it's important to distinguish the Bush administration and the current gang of radicals from regular republicans though. Even Republicans don't deserve to be automatically grouped with this gang of thieves.

1 Comments:

Anonymous rabidchild said...

you should mix it up in the comments at Kos sir.

9/18/2006 01:16:00 PM  

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