Today I spent over two and a half hours discussing a construction project here in Iraq with government officials and the civilian builders. There are some discrepincies between what the government says was in the contract to build and what the civilians say they agreed to build. During this meeting, it became very apparent to me why this country will fail in the end.
Everyone is out for themselves. Seriously.
Ok, now you might say that it is the same elsewhere in the world, but I beg to differ. In other places I have been in the world, people are not skimming off the top over every action, at every level. Here, I have come to the realization that corruption is everywhere….terrible. Additionally, I really feel that a majority of people here, not everyone mind you, but a good number are solely trying to get everything they can out of the US while we are here. I am soooooo sick of people with their hands out. And while I have always given to charity, this place has really given me a bad taste in my mouth regarding charity.
Anyway, I don’t even want to talk about it, that’s how pissed off I am about this whole thing.