10 years ago: Half a bridge

October 31, 2013, here on slacktivist: Half a bridge

This was a “good news” story, although I paid it no special note then, since it came before the Bush administration began its whiny campaign bemoaning the supposed absence of such reporting.

The soldiers’ actions were commendable, but what struck me was this: Why on earth were U.S. soldiers repainting classrooms in a country with massive unemployment? Wouldn’t it be both more efficient and wiser to involve the Iraqi people themselves in this effort? The goal, after all, is not to show the Iraqis all the good things we Americans can do on their behalf, but to show them all the good things we can enable them to do for themselves.

  • Baby_Raptor

    I read the date, and was confused. The article is from ’03.

  • Raymond

    Did you miss the “10 Years Ago” in the title?

  • EllieMurasaki

    I suspect what Baby_Raptor didn’t miss is the “October 31, 2013″ just before the link.

  • rcriii

    This summer I did the http://www.chicagocares.org/ day of service with a group from my company. All day I was asking myself the exact same question as Fred does above, “Why cannot the city of Chicago paint it’s own schools? It’s not like there is a labor shortage.”

    I guess it’s a win-win for me, I don’t have to pay the taxes that would adequately fund the schools, and I get to pat myself on the back for ‘helping’ them.


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