Yet more waste and corruption in Iraq

Discussion in '2008 Archive' started by The Galatian, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. The Galatian

    The Galatian
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    Aug 18, 2001
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    The quarterly audit by Stuart Bowen Jr., the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, is the latest to paint a grim picture of waste, fraud and frustration in an Iraq war and reconstruction effort that has cost taxpayers more than $300 billion and left the region near civil war...

    The audit comes as President Bush is pressing Congress to approve $1.2 billion in new reconstruction aid as part of his broader plan to stabilize Iraq by sending 21,500 more U.S. troops to Baghdad and Anbar province...

    About $4.2 million of the money was improperly spent on 20 VIP trailers and an Olympic-size pool, all ordered by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior but never authorized by the U.S.

    U.S. officials spent another $36.4 million for weapons such as armored vehicles, body armor and communications equipment that can’t be accounted for...

    Bowen, whose office was nearly eliminated last month by (surprise!) administration-friendly Republicans in Congress...

    It's like giving a drunk a liquor store. Why is anyone surprised how it turned out?

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