Iraq's electrical and oil production is still under pre-war levels, we've failed to rebuild the nation and they were better off before we invaded!This goes long the same grotesque lines as Fahrenheit 9/11 which portrayed Iraq as a paradise of kite-flying children before the invasion, something to warm Saddam Hussein's icy heart. The problem is, it's false, utterly and completely false. And not in some obscure way that's difficult to find out, either. Thirty seconds of internet searching turns up these facts:
The oil production surpassed pre-war levels last year
Iraqi oil production is above the levels seen before the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).The electrical production surpassed pre-war levels in 2005
The IEA said Iraqi crude production is now running at 2.3 million barrels per day, compared with 1.9 million barrels at the start of this year.
Iraq's electricity supply has risen above pre-war levels to 5,350 megawatts (MW) despite sabotage, boosted by hydroelectric power and more imports from Iran, Syria and Turkey, the minister in charge said on Thursday.Just keep this stuff in mind when you hear this myth. Things aren't peachy in Iraq, but there's no reason to let a myth pass, particularly when it's so easy to debunk. Think of it as doing them a favor: they probably don't know this and never bothered to even question what they've been told about Iraq. Who knows, maybe if they find out some of the things they were sure about are false, they'll start to question more.
"Now electricity has reached a record after we broke 5,350 megawatts a few days ago for the first time since the war," Electricity Minister Mohsen Shalash told Reuters.
Now if only I could figure out why China and North Korea got oil rights and not the US....
Previously on WATN:
Iraq Myth #17: Casualties
Iraq Myth #87: Duration
Iraq Myth #8: Mission Accomplished