/*PenDragn: Connections and Loyalty Got Bush Cronies Positions in Coalition Provisional Authority*/

9.16.2006

Connections and Loyalty Got Bush Cronies Positions in Coalition Provisional Authority

A Report by Rajiv Chandrasekaran in the Washington Post says that the Bush administration chose people to serve in the CPA because of their political leaning instead of the necessary qualities for helping put the nation of Iraq back together wich wasted time and destroyed what goodwill the US had.

Whether an applicant voted for George W. Bush was more important than their expertise, and some claim they were asked their position on Roe v Wade.
Many of those chosen by O'Beirne's office to work for the Coalition Provisional Authority, which ran Iraq's government from April 2003 to June 2004, lacked vital skills and experience. A 24-year-old who had never worked in finance -- but had applied for a White House job -- was sent to reopen Baghdad's stock exchange. The daughter of a prominent neoconservative commentator and a recent graduate from an evangelical university for home-schooled children were tapped to manage Iraq's $13 billion budget, even though they didn't have a background in accounting.

The decision to send the loyal and the willing instead of the best and the brightest is now regarded by many people involved in the 3 1/2 -year effort to stabilize and rebuild Iraq as one of the Bush administration's gravest errors. Many of those selected because of their political fidelity spent their time trying to impose a conservative agenda on the postwar occupation, which sidetracked more important reconstruction efforts and squandered goodwill among the Iraqi people, according to many people who participated in the reconstruction effort.

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