Hastert Sees The Light, Iraqis Still In The Dark

While in Baghdad over the weekend, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) asserted that Iraq is making progress on electricity generation:

On a surprise visit at President Bush’s request, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) flew into Baghdad at 4 a.m. Friday and immediately remarked on how many lights he saw burning in the Iraqi capital.

The speaker and his party saw it as a sign of progress, of how much power had been restored in a city known for frequent blackouts, according to Hastert’s spokesman, Ron Bonjean, who accompanied the speaker.

“It was one of our first impressions, so many lights shining brightly,” Bonjean said.

Hastert must have toured Baghdad at just the right time because Baghdad residents still have an average of just four hours of electricity per day. The pre-war level for Baghdad? 16-24 hours per day.

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— Geoff Miller