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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:43 AM
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What happened to the $700 Million????
Woodward's book apparently says that $700 Million was moved from an allocation approved by Congress to go towards the actual war on terrorism in Afghanistan. Aside from the illegality of it (that is a whole other issue) what did they need $700 Million dollars for in planning?

Did we need to make payments to the Saudis, Kuwaitis, Qatarians (?) and if so doesn't that sound like the decision had already been made? Okay we know the decision was made LONG before January 2003.

$700 Million is just under half what Wolfowitz said ($1.7 Billion) the whole thing would cost. Did they go ahead and pull what an initial payment out for the cost of something the supposedly hadn't decided on yet?

We know it wasn't used to buy body armor or rig up Humvees so what in the world was the money used for?
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JPJones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:46 AM
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1. Not to mention that a crime was likely committed
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OneTwentyoNine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:47 AM
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2. And on a lesser amount...
How much was in the brief case found with SH?? Was it around 300K?? What the hell ever happened to that money?? Did it go straight to Bush and Cheney to split up?

David
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:51 AM
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3. How much was spent
with PR firms to sell this turkey to Congress and The People.
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Snellius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:52 AM
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4. How much did they promise to bribe the Turks?
Woodward also relates that special forces and intelligence operatives distributed some $300 million to local Iraqi tribal leaders. Talk about flushing our hard-earned money down the toilet.
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alcuno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:52 AM
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5. Enlarge bases, improve port capacities.
That kind of stuff.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:56 AM
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6. That sounds more like implementation not planning
I'm not disagreeing with you, that is a reasonable expense that could account for it, but they don't do that in the PLANNING phase. Sounds like the decision was already made (it was) and they had things in the works.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:10 AM
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7. How much went to the "coalition" to get them on board?
Check Tony Blair's bank account.
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Paradise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:33 AM
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8. leave it to you, underpants!
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 11:34 AM by Paradise
thanks, we can always count on you :) . YES, we want to know! :pounding fist:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:18 PM
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11. Thanks as soon as my wife and I heard that........
we both looked at each other and our accountantness took over.

We need an accounting for what that money was spent on AS WELL AS that legality of moving the money around. Was it legal? Yes or No we need to know what it was spent on. We have a right to know.

I am e-mailing my Representative and Senators tomorrow.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:35 AM
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9. to prepare the scope of work documents for Halliburton
They contracted the preparation of those documents to Halliburton.
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gemlake Donating Member (535 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:40 AM
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10. Chalabi's organization probably received
a few million. And "curveball" likely received a nice bonus for his "intel" on Iraq.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:20 PM
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12. Ah yes "Curveball"
I wonder how much he DID get.

We are STILL paying Chalabi's group. That is YOUR money as the saying goes.
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