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With US combat troops withdrawing from Iraq’s cities it is time to compare the 4639 coalition casualties with the predictions made by warbloggers before the war: John Hawkins: “Probably 300 or less” Charles Johnson:”Very few” Henry Hanks: “Less than 200″ Laurence Simon: “A Few hundred” Rachael Lucas: “Less than three thousand” Scott Ott: “Dozens” Glenn…

Good electricity news from Iraq

Surely Baghdad’s electricity supply couldn’t get worse than shown in the graph on the right? Alas, it seems it can: Iraq’s power grid is on the brink of collapse because of insurgent sabotage, rising demand, fuel shortages and provinces that are unplugging local power stations from the national grid, officials said Saturday. Electricity Ministry spokesman…

The good electricity news from Iraq has been lots of announcements of plans to improve things. Unfortunately, electricity production has not improved. To the left you can see how the electricity supply in Baghdad has gotten worse and worse. The graph ends in May. Why?: As the Bush administration struggles to convince lawmakers that its…

Good poll news from Iraq

Erik Svane says that the media is not reporting the good poll news from Iraq: Indeed, one reason that “the global image of America has slipped,” that “pessimism about the future of Iraq was widespread,” and that “Iraq is sapping good will to the United States” may be that they see so few polls from…

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…

Good Electricity News from Iraq

In May, last year I summarized the good news about Iraqi reconstruction: Due to lack of maintenance, electricity production fell from 9000 MW in 1991 to 4400 MW before the war. Since then, there have been many announcements of improved generating capacity and production has fallen further to 3560 MW. Since then, things haven’t improved…