June 30, 2004


I just found the original piece about cell phone service in Iraq I mentioned below, I'll re-post it

by Stephen Pollard....Compounding the impact of the US’ military overstretch on security has been the State Department’s crippling bureaucratic mindset. Rather than recognising the exceptional nature of the Iraqi situation, officials have insisted at every point in applying the full rigour of US health and safety requirements, licensing procedures and other sundry impediments to progress. Take the mobile phone network. The sensible solution would have been to pick the most able and cost-effective operator and let them get on with it. But instead, the decision was taken to go through a full competitive tendering process, which takes an inordinate amount of time. One day, however, people suddenly found their mobiles working; a network had decided, to immense acclaim, to ignore the process and, indeed, get on with it. They were swiftly shut down, encapsulating just why things have been moving so slowly in Iraq: bureaucracy ahead of common sense...
My guess is that it's not just a case of "bureaucracy ahead of common sense." I think the people in our State Department are on exactly the same wavelength as lefty elitists everywhere...and they want us to fail.

Posted by John Weidner at June 30, 2004 8:28 PM
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