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Angry_wolf...anything you want.  I've got a 'light' weekend ahead, so I'll have some time to respond to queries and inquisitive people.

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Comments updated with ''Wolf's Replies'' below.

From the emails-

Mr. 'Oz' writes:
I'm not a registered user (just hit you today off of Redstate):
What is the status of the power grid in Iraq?
Stabilizing it as a way of bringing stability to the people on the
street and hence a lot of good will seems crucial.
Is there anything that can be done here (letters, emails, petitions)
that can forward that mission?


Wolf's Reply:  The grid is at or near 2.555MW, as far as I can determine; if I remember some figures from before the war, they were at 2.1MW or so.  Generation of electricity, especially in Baghdad, is important not only for the reasons you specify but to get businesses re-established and self-sustainment underway.  Saddam's neglect of the grid was well-documented; the expense to Iraq of updating it is second only to the expense of updating their petroleum infrastructure...  and this is why their grid is such a target for insurgents.  ALL of the grid is an item that is watched CLOSELY to keep it going and up as much as possible.  That is also why the insurgents target it so frequently.  Its easier to knock out a power line than a buried pipeline...

From Amb. Crocker's congressional testimony:

Electricity supply has improved in many parts of the country, but is woefully inadequate in Baghdad.  Many neighborhoods in the city receive two hours a day or less from the national grid, although power supplies for essential services such as water pumping stations or hospitals are much better.  The Minister of Electricity said last week that it would take $25 billion through 2016 to meet demand requirements, but that by investing the $2 billion a year the Ministry is now receiving from the government’s budget, as well as private investment in power generation, that goal could be met.