5,969. 6/25/2004

“…where the CPA [Coalition Provisional Authority] saw progress, Iraqis saw broken promises. As [CPA Director L. Paul] Bremer prepared to depart [in late June 2004], electricity generation remained stuck at around 4,000 megawatts–resulting in less than nine hours of power a day to most Baghdad homes–instead of the 6,000 megawatts he had pledged to provide. The new army had fewer than 4,000 trained soldiers, a third of what he had promised. Only 15,000 Iraqis had been hired to work on reconstruction projects funded with the Supplemental, rather than the 250,000 that had been touted. Seventy percent of police officers on the street had not received any CPA-funded training. Attacks on American forces and foreign civilians averaged more than forty a day, a threefold increase since January.” [The 25th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 РRajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, Page 288

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