Sunday, December 04, 2005

President has a "Plan for Victory"?

That's what he told us 11 days ago.

Don't worry he had a plan.

And they printed a book that was less of a plan than a hopeful scenario.

But did he really say he had a plan? IIRC he did, and the signs that were all over the stage when he spoke repeated the assertion over and over.
It's called "misinformation". In fact the government just got it together recently to put up a web page offering over a billion dollars for someone, anyone to work them up a plan.

This is open ended, anyone can apply apparently. Though, of course, big time campaign contributors will be considered for the inside track is the unspoken truth.

In case you missed the big sign each of the squares in the large Plaque behind the president's head also said "Plan for Victory"

Excerpt from NY Times analysis:
Iraq Fixer, No Exp. Needed, $1B-up

Published: December 3, 2005

Anyone who caught a glimpse of President Bush's speech on Iraq this week - delivered from an elaborately decorated stage confidently plastered with "Plan for Victory" placards - may have thought the administration believes that a detailed victory plan is in place. But there's still work to be done, especially if you're in the business of blue-sky consulting.

As the president's speech was being headlined, a far quieter government announcement from the Agency for International Development, the main pipeline for Iraq reconstruction, was offering a $1-billion-plus opportunity for interested parties to dream up "design and implementation" plans for stabilizing 10 "Strategic Cities" considered "critical to the defeat of the Insurgency in Iraq."

Talk about outsourcing: here comes the government's open invitation, for all "qualified sources" out there, to come up with $1.02 billion worth of fresh imaginings, even as the "Plan for Victory" is ballyhooed as a fully credible agenda in hand for fixing - perchance exiting - Iraq. Veterans of the think-tank consultancy complex in Washington are rating such an ultralucrative offer - an average of $100 million per city across two years - as eye-popping by the usual scale of Usaid grants. It's even more so when such a sweet deal comes, at least initially, with no specific strings attached.

"The assignment calls for the design and implementation of a social and economic stabilization program," the agency says in its brief proffer, adding, "Invitation is open to any type of entity."

If so, we hope Iraqi urbanites get wind of this thought-provoking windfall. Who knows? They may have a helpful idea or two, once the 10 cities are identified. Then again, the Usaid invitation cautions, "The number of Strategic Cities may expand or contract over time." Hmm. Let's all think about that.

And the document itself is at IRAQ: Strategic City Stabilization Initiative (SCSI) (Link designed to be in Halliburton Gold.)

There it is folks. Your Tax Dollars at Work!


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