Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results

Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results

IraqWASHINGTON (AP) – Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost.

In his final report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen’s conclusion was all too clear: Since the invasion a decade ago this month, the U.S. has spent too much money in Iraq for too few results.

The reconstruction effort “grew to a size much larger than was ever anticipated,” Bowen told The Associated Press in a preview of his last audit of U.S. funds spent in Iraq, to be released Wednesday. “Not enough was accomplished for the size of the funds expended.”

In interviews with Bowen, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the U.S. funding “could have brought great change in Iraq” but fell short too often. “There was misspending of money,” said al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim whose sect makes up about 60 percent of Iraq’s population.

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Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results

I am offended! I am beyond offended! I am ANGRY, and that’s not a good thing. Not so much as ONE WORD about the 4,487 US Soldiers Killed and 32,223 Seriously Wounded in a fight that we had NO BUSINESS prosecuting in the 1st place!

I’m not anti-war, far from it, and I was fully in favor of going into Afghanistan and killing as many Taliban as possible as well as their #1 guy, Osama bin Laden, but when George W. Bush announced that we were going into Iraq because they had WMDs and were complicit in the attacks of Sept. 11th I knew right then that we were in serious trouble.

And before ANYONE goes on about *yellow cake* in Iraq, YES, I DO know that it’s uranium and could possibly become a part of a WMD, but it didn’t; Iraq didn’t have the capacity to refine this basic substance. And yes, I DO know, and have posted many times, Iraq had some 155MM Howitzer shells that were loaded with liquid Sarin.

That Sarin was left over from some time prior to 1991 and was depleted to the point that it was basically harmless unless ingested.

I will say this and frankly, I don’t care WHO likes it or doesn’t; we went to Iraq because George W. Bush was pissed off at Saddam Hussein over threats Hussein made against George H.W. Bush, nothing more, nothing less.

Now, back to the original post, the cost in dollars;

_In Iraq’s eastern Diyala province, a crossroads for Shiite militias, Sunni insurgents and Kurdish squatters, the U.S. began building a 3,600-bed prison in 2004 but abandoned the project after three years to flee a surge in violence. The half-completed Khan Bani Sa’ad Correctional Facility cost American taxpayers $40 million but sits in rubble, and Iraqi Justice Ministry officials say they have no plans to ever finish or use it.

_Subcontractors for Anham LLC, based in Vienna, Va., overcharged the U.S. government thousands of dollars for supplies, including $900 for a control switch valued at $7.05 and $80 for a piece of pipe that costs $1.41. Anham was hired to maintain and operate warehouses and supply centers near Baghdad’s international airport and the Persian Gulf port at Umm Qasr.

_A $108 million wastewater treatment center in the city of Fallujah, a former al-Qaida stronghold in western Iraq, will have taken eight years longer to build than planned when it is completed in 2014 and will only service 9,000 homes. Iraqi officials must provide an additional $87 million to hook up most of the rest of the city, or 25,000 additional homes.

_After blowing up the al-Fatah bridge in north-central Iraq during the invasion and severing a crucial oil and gas pipeline, U.S. officials decided to try to rebuild the pipeline under the Tigris River at a cost of $75 million. A geological study predicted the project might fail, and it did: Eventually, the bridge and pipelines were repaired at an additional cost of $29 million.

_A widespread ring of fraud led by a former U.S. Army officer resulted in tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks and the criminal convictions of 22 people connected to government contracts for bottled water and other supplies at the Iraqi reconstruction program’s headquarters at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

BILLIONS of dollars wasted, WASTED! All on a people and nation where we had no business butting into in the first place! And again, no mention from the writer of this AP post regarding the loss of life and the wounded troops that gave everything they had simply because their country asked them to.

This nation is BROKE, I don’t give a damn what the stock market says, we are BROKE, the war in Iraq, and the collateral damage that WE suffered, through the deaths and injuries that our troops suffered, and the treasure spent, is the primary reason why.

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5 Responses to Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results

  1. Screw the dollars, it’s the lives that were lost and shattered that mean the most. Money can be recapped. Lives don’t just come back.

  2. Yes Fred this nation is broke. I know it, you know it and I thought most of America knew it; yet not a soul in congress had the cajones to stand up to the worst offender of all Hussein Obama when he and his new S.O..S. John Kerry released 250 million to a terrorist supporting regime “The Muslim Brotherhood”. As yiu know I supported the removal of Saddam Hussein. I hind sight was it wrong to remove Saddam Hussein, no it was not. It was just the wrong time to do so.

    As you said we should have taken care of Afghanistan first. Iraq was going nowhere
    at the time. Prosecuting two fronts was like pouring money in a dry hole, which it was. Had we poured the resources of Iraq into Afghanistan I submit we wiuld have double tapped BIN LADEN sooner than we did and we would not have had to listen to BHO bragging he got him.

    I truly believe that taking out Saddam was a good thing, but we could have accomplished that with one well placed .50 cal bullet.

    The problem you point out is correct, too much plain old ripping off money. No quality control and money was tossed out like candy on Halloween.

    What should have been laid out to Iraq was we will clean up your back yeard but you will pay for it will oil revenue. Which may not have been a popular idea but why should we fit the bill.

    It is totally FUBAR now and not one thing will change that now.

    Great pist Fred, right on the money.

  3. LD Jackson says:

    In retrospect, I would have to agree about the war in Iraq. We should have stayed out, with a caveat and a warning. We should have told them to kill each other all they wanted, but the minute they strayed out of their borders with their violence, that’s when the aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf would began flight patterns that included their country. Force is the only thing those people understand.

    You are right about our country. In spite of what the stock market is doing, we are broke. Priorities that should have been placed on spending were not placed. We have wasted billions of dollars in taxpayer money and have little to show for our efforts in Iraq, except for our dead service men and women and a dead dictator.

  4. Katie says:

    If we had spent that $60 billion towards a border fence. Thousands of good American boys killed or wounded for nothing! We should have just nuked the whole region and let God sort the good from the bad!

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