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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:35 AM
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The Baghdad Billions: BBC Investigates Where the Reconstruction Money Has Gone.
The Baghdad Billions
In these documentaries produced for the BBC World Service, we investigate how Iraqs reconstruction is being funded. Since the war began in 2003, the U.S. has spent around $30 billion dollars - and an additional 20 billion of Iraq's own money - in rebuilding the country. But where has it all gone?

Here's a link to the MP3 and podcasts of the series: http://www.thechangingworld.org /

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Maggie_May Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:40 AM
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1. Oh look
Laura Bush would be upset that even the BBC is reporting bad new about Iraq. Well to bad Laura this is not on our new stations. I hope that someone picks up the story.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:43 AM
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3. It's all part of an international leftist conspiracy against her husband....
Who she really doesn't seem to like anyway.
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 09:57 AM
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20. But if he goes down, so does she.
She made her bargain with the devil long ago, and is well medicated to deal with it. No way she wants her gravy train derailed after having sacrificed so much (peace of mind, decency, honor, integrity, etc.) to ride it.
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:40 AM
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2. Nice find. Thanks!
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:19 PM
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11. You bet....
:hi:
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:49 AM
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4. Hope they look in Paraguay
They might find our pilfered treasury on Chimps new estate
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Pachamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 01:05 AM
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16. Probably already converted from USD $$$ into something else like Gold etc.
Especially handy after the Dollar has been completely collapsed and is worthless.... :eyes:
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DrDebug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:08 AM
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5. Interesting they still talk about Bechtel
Bechtel left on November 1 after three years of no-bid contracts. Most projects - usually caused by the US army blowing things up - are still unfinished and the majority which they managed to finish have been blown up by the insurgency. So they had lots of fun for three years, earned billions and left without making much difference whatsoever...

Isn't corruption great :)
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:14 AM
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6. The Dems have got to these these pigs' snouts out of the public trough....
They are bankrupting the future.
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 06:12 PM
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22. "Earned" billions? Watch your language! nt
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Double T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:28 AM
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7. Billions have gone into the bush democracy and freedom monument......
(aka U.S. Embassy in Iraq). What about the $9 Billion that simply vanished with NO EXPLANATION. Just 2 examples of the MANY IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES committed by bushco.
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Blackhatjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:47 AM
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8. Well all those US military bases constructed in Iraq did not build themselves...
.... no one has explained how all these military bases were constructed in Iraq without funds allocations. One step better.... look at all the military bases we helped to build in other countries(like Uzebekistan) and show us where the money for those expenditures came from.

Funding the Iraq war with supplemental funding bills rather than as part of the budget has been part of the concealment process from the very beginning.

However, not all the $9 billion was likely spirited away and into some individuals' pockets. At least part of the 'missing $9 billion' likely went to fund 'black ops and unapproved military construction' within the country.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:23 AM
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10. "went to fund 'black ops and unapproved military construction' within the country."
You know it.
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Felinity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 06:49 AM
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19. Anybody ask our Bud Vlad
Where he got the 9 billion to buy back Russian oil company from private industry?

And by the way, remember way back, before 911, there was a news story about 9 billion (million?) (could have been 8 billion) of personal purchases made on Pentagon charge cards by Pentagon employees? Never heard any follow up there.

Funny thing about the 9 billion number; it comes up a lot.
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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:48 AM
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9. K&R.nt
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Monkey see Monkey Do Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 06:10 PM
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12. Here's a recent British TV documentary on the same subject
The reporter, Dr Ali Fadhil, won this years Rory Peck award for freelance journalism.

Iraq's Missing Billions
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=390438260521503...

& an online Guardian article covering the main points
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/maggie_okane/2006/0...

(as a slight word of caution, the last five minutes or so are pretty tough going)

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Thanks for that link marmar -- looks like some really interesting stuff for my mp3 player.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:47 PM
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13. Thanks for your links....
:hi:
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:31 PM
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14. They also talk about this on the current Spotlight on FSTV...
I think this would make a good double feature along with "Iraq For Sale". Showing it to the uninformed should hopefully *inform* them the real reasons why we went to war in Iraq!
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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:42 PM
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15. K & R n/t
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 01:09 AM
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17. Thank god for the free, adversarial, investigative press.
Sure, you know... it's, like, in Britain.

...But if we need to find out whether Britney Spears's crotch shots indicate a personal meltdown, our Merkin Mainstream Media is ON THE CASE!
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moondust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 01:59 AM
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18. Did they look in Texas?
That would be my guess.
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 10:29 AM
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21. Either there or under the desk in the oval office where the WMDs were thought to be..
:shrug: America is truly a stupid nation....A con artist's dream country...
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