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The Iraqi and U.S. governments have been unable to account for a substantial chunk of the billions of dollars in reconstruction aid the Bush administration literally airlifted into the country. If the cash proves to have been stolen, the heist could-->

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Kit B (276)
Thursday June 16, 2011, 4:38 am

"It's hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and to secure the surrender of Saddam’s security forces and his army. Hard to imagine."

- Paul Wolfowitz, 2/27/2003

And we are concerned about deficits caused by the current administration? Maybe a look back to some really criminal and stupid behavior can give a glimpse of where this slide to the ditch really began.

Excerpt from the article:

"The Iraqi and U.S. governments have been unable to account for a substantial chunk of the billions of dollars in reconstruction aid the Bush administration literally airlifted into the country. If the cash proves to have been stolen, the heist could represent "the largest theft of funds in national history," according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Pentagon officials determined that one giant C-130 Hercules cargo plane could carry $2.4 billion in shrink-wrapped bricks of $100 bills. They sent an initial full planeload of cash, followed by 20 other flights to Iraq by May 2004 in a $12-billion haul that U.S. officials believe to be the biggest international cash airlift of all time.

Iraqi officials say it was the U.S. government's job to keep track of the funds, which were brought in as an emergency measure to keep basic infrastructure going after Saddam Hussein's ouster. House Government Reform Committee investigators found in 2005 evidence of "substantial waste, fraud and abuse in the actual spending and disbursement of the Iraqi funds."

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Thomas H (37)
Thursday June 16, 2011, 11:53 am
Great article, and even better comments in the original article. One will never convince a life-long Republican voter that they have voted agaisnt their own "patriotic" interests and those of their fellow human beings ( that they are hard-pressed to acknowledge). Regarding the heist of $6.6 BILLION, who could be surprised that the vast majority went to the mercenaries hired by their Corporate Master Cheney? Only Republicans that are as blissfully ignorant as those described in the Mencken quotes. As for the comments on the "capitulator-in-chief", they're exactly right. That Obama brushed away any possibility whatsoever for accountability on the part of the ENTIRE CheneyBush catastrophe is why the man will never again get a vote from me. As one commentator posted, I, too, will vote for a Repub if I ever vote again at all. Better to bring the house down and start all over again than be dragged down by feckless Dems that cower to idiots like ANY Conservatard.

Stan B (123)
Thursday June 16, 2011, 1:37 pm
I guess they aren't going to worry about being ripped off for a mere $6.6 billion when the US owes mre than $14 trillion.

Linda G (187)
Thursday June 16, 2011, 9:40 pm
If we did worry about a mere 6.6 billion plus all the other billions spent in Iraq while cutting revenue with the tax cuts for the wealthy few (that haven't created jobs), we wouldn't have to worry about the $14 trillion debt. Totally irresponsible!

Kit B (276)
Friday June 17, 2011, 6:43 am

I think the first question is why are sending tons of CASH for any foreign nation? Is this really a heist or just graft and corruption? I think the later is true.

Thomas H (37)
Friday June 17, 2011, 6:45 am
I'm with you, Kit. The CheneyBush Debacle "Madoff" with our money, yet again. Pnzi schemes within ponzi schemes. Is it any wonder that right-wingers are in a constant state of intellectual vertigo?

Kit B (276)
Friday June 17, 2011, 6:48 am

I'm not sure we can even give this the benefit of a Ponzi scheme at that implies some intellectual manipulations. This was, in my not so humble opinion, just an out right purchase of another government to give creditably to our illegal invasion of their country. Ugly stuff. Thanks Tom, can't send you another star for a while.

Linda G (187)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 11:15 pm
Kit, I think it's all of the above, a heist, graft and corruption all promoted and protected by the then US government and accepted by the then Iraq govt.
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