Yes, this is a pointer post but you have to wade through my BS to get to the links.
Done with Mirrors has been running a series on Kat, a contractor who spent 2 years working in Iraq. Kat’s story has convinced me that the efforts of the contractors haven’t received enough attention from the main stream media. A simple way to prove this is to try and think of one single project. Take a few minutes, I’ll wait. Now look on CNN.com. Do a search on “Iraq reconstruction” and sort by relevance. The top five articles don’t mention a single actual project. I’ll leave it to others to speculate why this is the case.
However, Kat hasn’t changed my mind about the strategies of Mr. Bush and Mr. Rumsfeld. Part of the discussion was regarding the relative body counts of contractors vs. reporters. No one seemed to get that both numbers were way too high. People die in war, I get that. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to minimize those casualties. The personal courage that Kat and other contractors showed and are continuing to show is wonderful. The failures in planning that have made this level of courage necessary are a travesty.
So please take some time to read these articles, especially if you’re one of those “The US is the root of all evils types”. The world is much more complicated than that and fairly often, we are actually the good guy.
PS. Kat, if you somehow find your way here. You have nothing to be ashamed about with that photo.
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