NPR’s Marketplace had a piece today about the growing cost of the reconstruction of Iraq, and had this interesting tidbit: apparently some in the government are proposing accelerating the schedule to privatize state-owned enterprises– i.e., sell off Iraqi government assets– to cover those costs. (Among the architects of the occupation, privatization is self-evidently a good thing: SecDef Rumsfeld talked about it in May, and one advisor to the interim government said in June, “Privatization is the right direction for 21st century Iraq.”) War as the pursuit of economics by other means….