Driving through Iraq you feel the neglect here. In Basra the city is rivers of sewage, destroyed buildings and bridges from war after war after war.
Every day I pass by the same buildings destroyed years ago during the U.S. led invasion in my neighborhood in Baghdad. Every day they look exactly the same, a pile of rubble. The electricity problem seems to be getting worse; Iraqis have an average of about four hours of electricity a day. While there is talk of reconstruction, a bridge here, flowers planted there the people don't feel a change.
A report from the Government Accountability Office explains a few things. By the end of this year Iraqi will have made $80 billion in oil profits and U.S. tax payers have paid out $48 billion in money for reconstruction. Of Iraq's total expenditures only one percent has been spent "to maintain roads, bridges, vehicles, buildings, water and electricity installations, and weapons for security forces."