Saturday, February 14, 2004

Is There any Excuse for This?

the New York Times has a truly heartrending story about the conditions in Baghdad's Central Teaching Hospital for Children, where
"...gallons of raw sewage wash across the floors. The drinking water is contaminated. According to doctors, 80 percent of patients leave with infections they did not have when they arrived.


'The word big is not enough to describe the disaster we are facing,' said Ahmed A. Muhammed, the hospital's assistant manager."

Read it, it should make you sad and mad, and make you wonder just what in the hell is going on that the U.S. can't seem to solve problems like this. And the president promised in the SOTU that he would pull the U.S. out of Iraq by June 30? Can he keep that promise, or perhaps a better question is: Should he?