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[casi-analysis] reuters on bush lying on Iraq; election underfunding

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Dear list,
Just come across a fascinating Reuters article from a week ago -

The main thrust is that Bush lid by claiming there are 100,000 fully
trained Iraqi policemen, whereas leaked documents show that only 8,169
have been completely trained.

All good stuff, especially for American activists. But what surprised me
was this piece towards the bottom:

"Of the $232 million in Iraqi funds set aside for the Iraqi electoral
commission, it has received a mere $7 million, according to House
Appropriations Committee staff."

Can anyone explain this? I don't see why even the most self-interested US
administration would skimp on funding elections: both the actual value for
Iraq of having elections, and the propaganda value of demonstrating that
Iraqis have been liberated, far outweigh the small costs of providing
material aid.


Daniel O'Huiginn
07745 192426
24, Priory Road, Cambridge

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