Brian sent me a message from his satellite phone this afternoon (9:30 PM Baghdad time). He said he was going to sleep. Brian reported two power outages so far, one from 2:30-4:30, and the other from 6:30-8:30. He got into Baghdad safely, although he reported an M-16 pointed at the car during his ride from the airport into the city. I have been unable to send text messages to his phone all afternoon, so perhaps that feature isn’t working for some reason. There will be another update tomorrow.
The power outages seem indicative of the failure of the American occupation forces to secure a better future for the people of Iraq. A Washington Post article published in May examined the problems plaguing the power grid.