Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Jim Doyle (D-For Sale) Was HERE?

Apparently the occupation forces have not yet obviated greed:

Corruption is "a virtual pandemic in Iraq," threatening rebuilding efforts, international aid and citizen confidence needed for a fledgling democracy, a government report said Tuesday.

One Iraqi official has estimated that corruption costs the country $4 billion annually. A recent survey indicated a third of Iraqis polled had paid a bribe to get products or services in the past 12 months and that they had a "core mistrust" of the army and police.

"Unless reforms are put in place, corruption may jeopardize the political stability of the new government," said an audit included in the report.

Note that in the minds of the observers, corruption leads to mis-trust of the Gummint, then to 'political instability.'

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