Of course, Thomas would counter that the current force isn't a full version of what he has in mind. However, in my view Iraq was an important test case for the concept. So far, it has failed miserably -- which supports my contention that the SysAdmin force concept should be placed firmly in a circular file.
They said the United States' $18.4-billion effort had fallen short of restoring essential services such as power, water and sanitation....the country's electricity supply is far from meeting demand; oil production is below prewar levels; and barely half of Iraqis report having access to safe, stable supplies of drinking water.
Unemployment is estimated at between 25% and 50%; fuel and food subsidies have resulted in a significant budget deficit; U.S. and Iraqi audits have been unable to account for billions in spending; and at least three U.S. officials and scores of Iraqis, including two former government ministers, are facing corruption charges.In addition, more than 350 contractors working on reconstruction have been killed; scores have been kidnapped. Insurgents have also targeted Iraqi civilians working with U.S. firms.