Saturday's New York Times had this depressing bit:
Ten months after Hurricane Katrina, the city still does not have a reliable electrical system. Hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of repairs are still needed on a system devastated by flooding, the local utility is in bankruptcy and less than half the system’s prestorm customers have returned. Of those who have, many have endured hot and sleepless nights with no air-conditioning.
We can't get reliable electricity to a city where there isn't a war, and is part of the most powerful nation in the world? But we're supposed to rebuild Iraq?