As for the NRO contention that these people don’t get posh perks, please. Again, talk to an honest person who has spent time in Iraq, the level of corruption is staggering. By the same token, as to the ideological nature of the CPA, please read The Assassins’ Gate. It’s very straight-forward.
Really, I don’t recall seeing the contention within the criticisms that no one in Iraq is getting perks – could you pull the quote for me? I do recall reading that the article claimed a lot more than it demonstrated, that it was factually inaccurate, and that it used as examples things that did not logically support its thesis.
One of the NRO Corner clowns you linked to had some line about how it was wrong to claim these CPA appointees lived a life of posh perks in the Green Zone.
I believe this quote from Ramesh Ponnuru is what you’re referencing, and I don’t think it means what you are saying:
Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s front-pager in yesterday?s Washington Post, about how Jim O’Beirne allegedly hired Bush loyalists over experts to staff the Iraqi occupation, was a hit piece, pure and simple: thinly sourced, fantastic in parts, and propagandistic. Note, for instance, the photo accompanying the story. It shows two “U.S. troops” relaxing in a swimming pool in the Green Zone, where, according to the caption, “many Coalition Provisional Authority officials spent their days.” (In the pool?) This has nothing at all to do with Chandrasekaran’s thesis?O’Beirne, even on the reporter’s account, was in charge of political appointees, not the R&R of troops. But the implication is clear: O’Beirne was sending these political appointees to cushy jobs in Iraq. The article is excerpted from a book titled Imperial Life in the Emerald City.
He is saying that the picture has nothing to do with the thesis.
And I also recall a line about people being so eager to embrace it because it supported their existing ideas…
Although it’s fair to say that a lot of the troops get the same perks, take a look at the superbases and the fact that Army dieticians are now worried about the men gaining too much weight while in Iraq.
How is this point related to the problems of the article?
It isn’t, just throwing it out there as further evidence of how fucked up our effort over there is.
Fair enough. But definitely off topic.
The book is called Imperial Life in the Emerald City (Inside Iraq’s Green Zone)
and there’s a photo of “inside the green zone”. This was an excerpt from said book. The thesis of the book is not what O’Beirne did… Goodness.
Plus I’ll take the author’s 18+ months in Iraq (maybe he knows something about the green zone?) over Ramesh Ponnuru (how much time in Iraq?) anyday.[/quote]
Umm, the point wasn’t about the book – it was about the article. Whether it was an excerpt of the book or not, it was run as a separate (hit) piece with its own thesis. It wasn’t a book review – it was run as a news story. Goodness…