The return of the Iraq Partnership

It's there, it's not there, it's back again. But will it raise more than $600 this time?

Published September 27, 2005 1:27PM (EDT)

Sometimes, it's hard to keep up.

As we noted yesterday morning, a British newspaper reported over the weekend that the Bush administration's Iraq Partnership plan to solicit charitable donations to help rebuild Iraq has pulled in all of $600 so far. As we noted yesterday afternoon, the home page for the Iraq Partnership seemed to vanish in the wake of the embarrassing news; charitable-minded Americans who went to yesterday found themselves redirected instead to an Iraq-free page hosted by Global Giving. Last night, several readers told us that they were able to find the original Iraq Partnership home page living under an assumed name within the domain.

This morning, it's as if nothing ever happened. Go to today and you'll once again see a headline that says "Iraq Partnership," a come-on that says, "Donate Now: Help the Iraqi people," and a big picture of what appears to be an Iraqi schoolgirl looking plaintively at the camera. All that's missing now is one of those Howard Dean baseball bats to let us all keep track of the donations pouring in.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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