IRAQ INVESTMENT: Reconstruction Redux

Since 2003 the U.S. has spent $20 billion on efforts to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure. "Success in Iraq will be ... a combination of military success, political success and reconstruction. And they've got to go hand in hand," said President Bush in December. But a new U.S. report shows that of eight reconstruction projects recently audited, seven had notable problems.

MEDICAL Only eight of 142 planned primary-health-care centers are currently open. And pricey equipment is misused or not used at all. At an Erbil hospital, for example, a high-tech medical-waste incinerator has been dormant since the staff trained to use it left...

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