If $4.2 billion nets 6 hours a day of electricity, do you think another $12.6 billion will solve the problem? And imagine living without electricity for 18 hours a day, while troops march through your city, curfews are declared, and terrorists blow up innocent civilians. I wonder what the Iraqis did with those American flags they were supposed to wave? http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/iraq/bal-te.powerless02mar02,0,644223.story?track=rss Getting full-time electric power turned on in Baghdad, a key wartime goal toward which the United States has spent $4.2 billion dollars, won't be accomplished until the year 2013, U.S. officials said yesterday, in what others called a significant setback for the new U.S. initiatives to quell Iraq's bloody insurgency. Power outages in the Iraqi capital are frequent, leaving residents without electricity for an average of 17 or 18 hours a day. For most residents without personal generators, that means not just no lights but dead radios and televisions, heaters, washing machines and water pumps. Army Brig. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, the senior U.S. military officer overseeing reconstruction efforts, told reporters yesterday via video teleconference that the Iraq government plans to increase power generation "to catch up with demand" for electric power by 2013, "somewhere in around that area." When President Bush announced in January that he was sending additional troops to Baghdad, he said the initiative must go "beyond military operations." Ordinary Iraqis, Bush said, "must see visible improvements" in their neighborhoods.