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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 12:10 PM
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U.S. wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq
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Source: MSNBC

KHAN BANI SAAD, Iraq A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children's hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets

As the U.S. draws down in Iraq, it is leaving behind hundreds of abandoned or incomplete projects. More than $5 billion in American taxpayer funds has been wasted more than 10 percent of the some $50 billion the U.S. has spent on reconstruction in Iraq, according to audits from a U.S. watchdog agency.

That amount is likely an underestimate, based on an analysis of more than 300 reports by auditors with the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. And it does not take into account security costs, which have run almost 17 percent for some projects.


Even completed projects for the most part fell far short of original goals, according to an Associated Press review of hundreds of audits and investigations and visits to several sites. And the verdict is still out on whether the program reached its goal of generating Iraqi good will toward the United States instead of the insurgents.


and they call this "news"?
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  -U.S. wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq UpInArms  Aug-29-10 12:10 PM   #0 
  - Someone got the money.  tridim   Aug-29-10 12:13 PM   #1 
  - Yep  DJ13   Aug-29-10 12:16 PM   #2 
  - Profits which vanished to a PO Box in the Bahamas  MetaTrope   Aug-30-10 08:23 PM   #82 
  - Bingo!!!! +666 trillion!!!! Ditto for Afghanistan. nt  valerief   Aug-29-10 12:17 PM   #3 
  - Yep,  Andy823   Aug-29-10 12:24 PM   #4 
  - This is an ongoing problem, and it is happening in Afghanistan as well.  IndianaGreen   Aug-29-10 12:28 PM   #5 
  - This is the post to recommend a thousand times! The illegal and immoral invasion and  Raster   Aug-29-10 01:52 PM   #18 
  - dems supported it  populistdriven   Aug-29-10 12:39 PM   #7 
  - No they did not - they criticized it - nice try though  jpak   Aug-29-10 02:30 PM   #26 
     - Explain the Obama Administration renewing Blackwater/Xe's contracts  IndianaGreen   Aug-29-10 02:49 PM   #29 
     - Xe builds power and sewage treatment plants? Don't think so  jpak   Aug-29-10 03:57 PM   #39 
        - but Halliburton does, and their contracts were also renewed  IndianaGreen   Aug-29-10 04:00 PM   #41 
           - Yeah - Obama inherited a lot of shit from Bush/Cheney especially Rummy's FdUped "Contract Military"  jpak   Aug-29-10 05:31 PM   #55 
              - Those were no-bid contracts  IndianaGreen   Aug-29-10 05:45 PM   #58 
     - Also don't forget the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998  alp227   Aug-29-10 03:51 PM   #36 
     - Wow - quite a leap from that to Bush-era Iraq construction scams  jpak   Aug-29-10 03:59 PM   #40 
     - For the record, some yea/nay highlights  alp227   Aug-29-10 04:31 PM   #49 
     - DLC's neoliberals are the soulmates of neocons  IndianaGreen   Aug-29-10 04:22 PM   #48 
     - Oh, they criticized it....  daleanime   Aug-29-10 07:29 PM   #66 
     - I respectfully recommend you go back and look at the vote count  obxhead   Aug-30-10 10:10 AM   #77 
  - And then we made sure not to tax their ill-gotten gains.  aquart   Aug-29-10 01:51 PM   #17 
  - Exactly - that money  xxqqqzme   Aug-29-10 02:06 PM   #22 
  - HALLIBURTON AND its subsidies got the money which  Bitwit1234   Aug-29-10 02:16 PM   #24 
  - a three word phrase comes to mind ...  zbdent   Aug-29-10 05:29 PM   #54 
  - Halliburton, Bechtel, Blackwater--friends of Dummya and Darth  No Elephants   Aug-30-10 06:28 AM   #71 
  - They got billions and billions...  BrklynLiberal   Aug-30-10 12:24 PM   #80 
  - +1!  shanti   Aug-30-10 11:32 AM   #78 
  - No, really?  sakabatou   Aug-29-10 12:32 PM   #6 
  - $436 Million a day.. 24/7/365... this is what it costs to maintain the wars..  lib2DaBone   Aug-29-10 12:53 PM   #8 
  - I watched the "History Channel" talk about the Mississippi river, and how  zbdent   Aug-29-10 05:33 PM   #56 
  - Our school district is trimming corners closer and closer  Plucketeer   Aug-29-10 12:55 PM   #9 
  - Government employees  The Wizard   Aug-29-10 02:03 PM   #21 
  - Rec. Getting the word out is important, hindsight or not.  JohnnyLib2   Aug-29-10 01:19 PM   #10 
  - No bid cost plus contracts I wonder who thought up this way of doing things?  Botany   Aug-29-10 01:24 PM   #11 
  - The whole story is told in a book entitled The Halliburton Agenda  JDPriestly   Aug-29-10 03:03 PM   #31 
  - I can't stand that photo  MissDeeds   Aug-29-10 03:53 PM   #37 
  - Here is the way that picture looks to me  LiberalLovinLug   Aug-30-10 01:45 PM   #81 
  - these wars were requested by the MIC. the repooks and dems were happy to comply.  KG   Aug-29-10 01:26 PM   #12 
  - so much was money was hidden it is said it will end up costing over 2 Trillion dollar$ including the  sam sarrha   Aug-29-10 01:34 PM   #13 
  - + $1.5 billion that vanished into the night...  SOS   Aug-29-10 01:39 PM   #14 
  - enormous sinkhole for our hard-earned money. And Afghanistan is worse...  nightrain   Aug-29-10 01:47 PM   #15 
  - Why, you know, it would have been cheaper not to destroy it in the first place!  DavidDvorkin   Aug-29-10 01:48 PM   #16 
  - The money wasn't wasted, it was stolen  MrScorpio   Aug-29-10 01:55 PM   #19 
  - You can bet there are some beautiful McMansions and yachts  Submariner   Aug-29-10 01:58 PM   #20 
  - ...or Dubai.  RUMMYisFROSTED   Aug-30-10 08:21 AM   #74 
  - No bid contracts, understaffed/underqualified auditors,  OnyxCollie   Aug-29-10 02:09 PM   #23 
  - Rebuilding?  yellowwood   Aug-29-10 02:26 PM   #25 
  - That was shock & awe!  Botany   Aug-29-10 02:37 PM   #27 
  - Just because it isn't new doesn't mean it's not news  JHB   Aug-29-10 02:39 PM   #28 
  - Enough said.  NOLALady   Aug-29-10 03:01 PM   #30 
  - It's OK, we will just cut Social Security to pay for it.  Bluebear   Aug-29-10 03:07 PM   #32 
  - "Waste" implies unintentional screw up, not, it was a give-away to the M-I Complex.  Odin2005   Aug-29-10 03:12 PM   #33 
  - Hey.Maybe war is a racket.Nah.  Yeahyeah   Aug-29-10 03:39 PM   #34 
  - All these projects were propaganda to say all the good we are doing over there.  itsrobert   Aug-29-10 03:48 PM   #35 
  - Meanwhile, this country falls apart at the seams.  GoCubsGo   Aug-29-10 03:54 PM   #38 
  - And now states are cutting essential services and education funding for want of a few billions  Vehl   Aug-29-10 04:02 PM   #42 
  - Check it out. What less than $5 billion would buy the people  chill_wind   Aug-29-10 10:16 PM   #68 
     - exactly!  Vehl   Aug-29-10 10:18 PM   #69 
  - Where are the Indictments?  ctwayne   Aug-29-10 04:07 PM   #43 
  - Nation Building 101  pjt7   Aug-29-10 04:13 PM   #44 
  - "Conservatives" LOVE spending money. They put the 'moron' in oxymoron.  FarLeftFist   Aug-29-10 04:13 PM   #45 
  - But we have to cut SS right now to save the economy.  L0oniX   Aug-29-10 04:16 PM   #46 
  - as you said;  Dyedinthewoolliberal   Aug-29-10 04:18 PM   #47 
  - It was a scheme to loot the American tax payer and pay off War contractors.  harun   Aug-29-10 04:32 PM   #50 
  - Wasted? this implies that it has come to a halt  quakerboy   Aug-29-10 04:45 PM   #51 
  - That subject line should be - 'US pays billions of taxpayer dollars to  geckosfeet   Aug-29-10 04:51 PM   #52 
  - This story pretty much makes you want to puke.  Vinca   Aug-29-10 05:00 PM   #53 
  - Corporate wars for profits! It's why corporations never want wars to end.  GreenTea   Aug-29-10 05:44 PM   #57 
  - Halliburton doesn't think so.  muntrv   Aug-29-10 05:48 PM   #59 
  - OOPS! There it is!!! n/t  Fire1   Aug-29-10 06:00 PM   #60 
  - Wasted... Is wasting... Same difference?? n/t  Fearless   Aug-29-10 06:00 PM   #61 
  - You can't get rich on the government dime by actually DOING anything.  sofa king   Aug-29-10 06:11 PM   #62 
  - Immediately  Dj13Francis   Aug-29-10 06:35 PM   #63 
  - It was called a stimulus plan for Halliburton and the other corporations  jwirr   Aug-29-10 06:36 PM   #64 
  - We didn't waste it. All of Bush's corporate buddies got it - just like it was planned  slay   Aug-29-10 06:46 PM   #65 
  - U.S. wasted trillions wrecking Iraq. n/t  daleo   Aug-29-10 09:12 PM   #67 
  - It's sitting in Dubai at Halliburton headquarters!  DailyGrind51   Aug-30-10 05:53 AM   #70 
  - bookmarked.  Soylent Brice   Aug-30-10 07:33 AM   #72 
  - Nothing surprising here....  rasputin1952   Aug-30-10 08:07 AM   #73 
  - They don't exactly waste billions. They steal billions. nt  valerief   Aug-30-10 08:53 AM   #75 
  - Understandable, I have a similar problem  Bragi   Aug-30-10 08:55 AM   #76 
  - Not to mention the immense pallets of CA$H that were sent there, and disappeared into limbo  BrklynLiberal   Aug-30-10 12:22 PM   #79 
  - It's not a waste if you were one of the many recipients of the 'free' money.  pinniped   Aug-30-10 10:25 PM   #83 
  - so all of those who "rah, rah, rah" America-"go our team"  newspeak   Aug-31-10 09:38 AM   #84 
  - Iraq War destroyed this country  lovuian   Aug-31-10 08:29 PM   #85 
  - US Defense Secretary arrives in Iraq. The war is not over?  Sulis   Sep-01-10 08:13 AM   #86 

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