The Washington Post has an article today about the current situation in southern Iraq. It’s as you would expect — near anarchy, no public services, and no clear plan for moving forward. I don’t blame the US or British for this, I didn’t expect any different. It hasn’t been very long since the old regime was ousted, and it takes a long time to even figure out what’s going on, much less to start fixing things. The problem is, of course, pretending like somehow this occupation was going to be different from every other occupation in human history. We made a bunch of promises to the Iraqis about how much better things would be once Saddam was gone, and now they expect us to deliver.