Tonight, I will be revisiting what is now officially part of the historical record: the Iraq War and how the US handled the postwar reconstruction efforts. For an historical event in the 2000s, the Iraq War began with a rapid fall of the Ba’athist regime and eventually devolved into a protracted insurgency whose costs continued to mount alongside the concurring Afghanistan War. What I would like to do is to spend the rest of the night trying to determine what was going on at the time by actually reading the official documents of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). The documents have been archived on the World Wide Web (WWW) for the past decade now. It would help immensely in my efforts to finish the SMP Compendium by piecing back together the Implicit and Explicit Intents issued by the CPA in those documents and understanding their historical contexts.
The Intent of this endeavor is to further conceptualize “Military Arbeit” and “Military Geld,” which I introduced previously in Part II of “Wartime Preparations and the Work-Standard.” I will be discussing them, the Iraq War and two more important topics in Part III of that entry, which is also the final entry in the Compendium Section on “State and Monetary Policies.” By completing Part III for 21 September, I will be able to come up with the equations and accounting work for the final Compendium Section. A few of the entries there do discuss about Military Arbeit and Military Geld along with Digital Arbeit and Digital Geld. To distinguish them from the Arbeit and Geld that I had been discussing about in the rest of the Compendium, I will be referring them as “Actual Arbeit” and “Actual Geld” whenever Military Arbeit and Military Geld are brought in wartime contexts.
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