WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 — President Bush’s new Iraq strategy calls for a rapid influx of forces that could add as many as 20,000 American combat troops to Baghdad, supplemented with a jobs program costing as much as $1 billion intended to employ Iraqis in projects including painting schools and cleaning streets, according to American officials who are piecing together the last parts of the initiative.
Am I imagining this, or have I been reading about painting schools for about four years? They must have at least two coats by now. Or maybe it's just they've got some really slow painters on the job. Or maybe it's the only thing they can think of to do.
Oh, wait. Clean streets. Right.