Where’s that banking system?

emptywheel at The Next Hurrah caught this in the Iraq Study Group report…

The ISG report is full of a bunch of asides that reveal as much as anything else in the report. Like this one:

Soldiers are paid in cash because there is no banking system.

Blah blah blah blah blah and oh by the way did you know there is no banking system in Iraq?

Now correct me if I’m wrong, but we sent Peter McPherson and a whole bunch of recent college grads picked by the Heritage Foundation over to Iraq to, among other things, set up a banking system. That was three years ago. But now, oh by the way, Iraq has no banking system. That’s what you get when political considerations govern your hiring decisions: rank incompetence.

emptywheel is also doing a Quiz for Lawmakers. If you have feedback you can place it in the comments. (There is one on Katrina and the levees which I helped with, so if you NOLA interested folks have input…)