Tuesday, October 30, 2007

OLD AGE AND TREACHERY ALWAYS OVERCOMES YOUTH AND SKILL

Iraqi Dam Seen In Danger of Deadly Collapse


Washington Post Foreign Service Tuesday, October 30, 2007; Page A01
AT THE MOSUL DAM, Iraq -- The largest dam in Iraq is in serious danger of an imminent collapse that could unleash a trillion-gallon wave of water, possibly killing thousands of people and flooding two of the largest cities in the country, according to new assessments by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other U.S. officials.
. . . At the same time, a U.S. reconstruction project to help shore up the dam in northern Iraq has been marred by incompetence and mismanagement, according to Iraqi officials and a report by a U.S. oversight agency to be released Tuesday. The reconstruction project, worth at least $27 million, was not intended to be a permanent solution to the dam's deficiencies.
. . . "If a small problem [at] Mosul Dam occurs, failure is likely."
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Let's see now the reconstruction project we couldn't accomplish--because we had the same Corps of Engineers over there that screwed up New Orleans--was not intended to fix anything permanently.
Sounds sort of like the Bush mission from the get-go.
Any terrorists around with a 'small problem' capability?


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