In February I linked to a detailed report in IEEE Spectrum that explained how billions of dollars had been wasted and electricity production in Iraq at 3,600 megawatts was still less than it was before the war. Glenn Reynolds felt that the report was “sort of good news”. Now Reynolds reports more good news:
The latest Brookings Institution data from Iraq look good. I wonder why these numbers don’t get more attention?
He links to Bill Crawford, who writes:
Electrical output is almost at the pre-war level of 3,958 megawatts. April’s production was 3,600 megawatts. In May of 2003, production was only 500 megawatts. The goal is to reach 6,000 megawatts.
So no progress has been made but Reynolds thinks this looks “good”. If you check the actual Brookings data, you will discover that it has been cherry-picked. The 6,000 megawatt goal was for July 2004. And in April 2006, electricity availability in Baghdad was the worst it’s ever been at 4 hours per day. Why doesn’t the America-hating media report this?
There’s lots more like that on Crawford’s list — Robert Farley takes the time to go through the whole thing.