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Excerpt: "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 US officials believe to be the biggest international cash airlift of all time."

Pallets stacked with shrink-wrapped US $100 bills arriving in Iraq in May of 2004. (photo: Scott Applewhite/AP)
Pallets stacked with shrink-wrapped US $100 bills arriving in Iraq in May of 2004. (photo: Scott Applewhite/AP)



6 Billion "In Cash" Missing in Iraq

By Liz Goodwin, The Lookout/Y!News

14 June 11

 

he Iraqi and US 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.

The Times' description of how the billions of dollars entered the country is a must-read:

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 US officials believe to be the biggest international cash airlift of all time.

Special inspector general for Iraqi reconstruction Stuart Bowen told the paper the missing $6.6 billion may be "the largest theft of funds in national history."

Iraqi officials say it was the US 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."

Witnesses testified that millions of dollars were shoved into "gunnysacks" and disbursed to Iraqi contractors on pick-up trucks, with what seemed to be little financial controls or accounting on the part of the US government.

 

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+87 # Nell H 2011-06-14 11:48
The George Bush government at work.
 
 
+44 # DaveM 2011-06-14 11:58
"It was the government's job to keep track of the funds"? Surely no one expected that to happen.
 
 
+15 # SteveH 2011-06-14 14:18
Quoting DaveM:
"It was the government's job to keep track of the funds"? Surely no one expected that to happen.


Right on, Dave. Given that the Pentagon isn't required to account for its expenditures in any detail to Congress*, why would anyone begin to think we would? Oh, right, that comment was from "Iraqi officials..."

*Defense Spending Is Overstated, GAO Report Says
 
 
+9 # Pickwicky 2011-06-15 15:41
It was the Bush government's job to cover up "the actual spending and disbursement of the Iraqi funds."
 
 
+17 # Inland Jim 2011-06-14 12:16
Has anyone figured out what the bulk and heft of $6B in Benjamins would be? How many gunny sacks and pick-up trucks would be required?
 
 
+13 # shortonfaith 2011-06-14 20:36
"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"
 
 
+29 # herbr 2011-06-14 12:19
Aha - the secret is finally out. The motto was: shrink the government by bankrupting it through giving away its cash. And- it seems to have worked, has it not ?
Or do we deal with it by letting the Fed print more of those pieces of paper ?
 
 
+93 # rm 2011-06-14 12:20
Mission Accomplished!!! -- G. W. Bush.

Seriously, if you were able to total up all the money that "went missing" or was "wasted" during the 8 years of the Bush/Cheney regime, it would be in the trillions of dollars. The reason the US economy is so bad right now is the 8 years of misrule by the Bush/Cheney regime.

Read Thomas Fran's The Wrecking Crew about how Repbulicans deliberately wreck government and its programs. He's got it just right -- looters and wreckers. It is funny that our mass media gets so hysterical when a riot breaks out and a few store windows are broken and some stuff looted. But when a Republican regime loots the entire nation of trillions of dollars over 8 years, the mass media does not even peep!
 
 
+45 # SJB 2011-06-14 13:01
It has been my contention for years that when a Democrat screws around, it is generally one person at a time. When the Republicans screw around, it is the whole damn nation.
 
 
+5 # cynthia ryan 2011-06-15 10:04
I love that. Can I use it?
 
 
+48 # in deo veritas 2011-06-14 13:19
The worst part of this is that NO ONE has been held accountable for anything done over the past decade by the enemies of our country- Bush, Cheney, Rove,the Koches, Wall Street, Goldman Sachs, AIG, BP, Bernacke, Morgan Chase, etc.,etc. etc. Oh and many, many of their minions in Congress and the Spremely Corrupt Court. This list could go on and on to include those currently in charge who have failed to bring them to justice. That means those at the top are guilty of aiding and abetting them. If the country is to have ANY leadership then those who hold that position must be forced to openly declare which side they are on- that of the American people or the above named enemies of America. Do we really have much more time left?
 
 
+9 # John Lewis 2011-06-15 15:32
It is easy to understand why these people have not been made accountable what they have done, they are the ones who still run the country. They have done the exact opposite of what Kennedy said one day..."Don't ask what the country can do for you but what you can do for the country" In doing the opposite they can control everything and even YOUR VOTE.
 
 
+17 # annualoath 2011-06-14 18:43
rm you're exactly right. REPUBLICANS and the spineless democrats then went along with them, not to mention the part of the voting electorate that season after voting season vote for this same republican brand thinking these republican/cons ervative elites have some alligance with those of use who blindly vote for them and those who bank roll them.

how stupid are we that we let them take our government and loot the treasury time and time again. we're STUPID!

and it's in the news again. GOP DESTABILIZING ECONOMY TO WIN POWER.

destabilizing the economy, flushing us down the toilet in the process, to gain power in congress, and then getting power to flush us down the toilet again.

you're right rm LOOTERS AND WRECKERS. THEIVES!!!!
 
 
+12 # donte 2011-06-15 09:40
the 8 years of misrule by the Bush/Cheney regime.

Read Thomas Fran's The Wrecking Crew about how Repbulicans deliberately wreck the government. Medicare part D is the biggest giveaway ever a half a billion dollars to the insurance companies every year while they decimate those who cannot afford the added insurance payments and copays. This will soon have a bigger cost than the one time giveaways. "I want to shrink government until it will fit in the bathtub so I can drown it."
 
 
+13 # cynthia ryan 2011-06-15 10:04
You are absolutely spot on right. We've allowed the military-indust rial complex to mortgage America's future in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And you're right about Thomas Frank's book. I read it and thought I knew the extent of the problem - it's worse. Much worse. We're about to lose our democracy.
 
 
+39 # Terence 2011-06-14 12:20
I'd have Bush and Cheney empty their pockets first!
 
 
+7 # Jan Lea 2011-06-14 12:22
How will this story affect the value of Iraqui dinars? Jan
 
 
+70 # wrodwell 2011-06-14 12:29
We should ship George Bush to Iraq to find the missing billions and if he doesn't recover all the $$, he shouldn't be allowed to return to the USA. (Why is it that the real criminals go unpunished and the American people continue to be punished for the crimes of their "leaders"?) Also, send Obama back to Chicago where he can be Assistant Mayor. He can take the $12 million he's accrued since being elected president with him and good riddance. (Maybe he'll have better luck in a smaller venue with the "change" he promised the entire country.) Ban all lobbying, prosecute the Bush Administration criminals like GWB, Dick Cheney, Carl Rove, Don Rumsfeld, etc. Send members of Congress back where they came from and disband the Supreme Court - but arrest Clarence Thomas for willful income tax evasion. Scoundrels all. Make sure all tax loopholes are closed so multi-national corporations will pay their fair share of taxes. If they don't, throw the CEO's in jail and impose high tariffs on their products manufactured outside the USA. Impose stringent rules and severe penalties on Wall Street or else they'll have free reign to wreck the economy once more. And stop the foreign wars by slashing the Pentagon's budget by at least 50%. The country needs a complete catharsis. Failure to do so will result in our complete and utter ruin.
 
 
+51 # Andre Follot 2011-06-14 12:50
A free for all of this magnitude blows my mind! Since when do we conduct international business with planes full of cash?? This story keeps resurfacing and nothing is ever done about it. Get the IRS to shake down Halliburton and I'll bet they find it in off-shore accounts everywhere!
 
 
+24 # Melanie 2011-06-14 13:05
I'm just so discouraged...w e have an entire complement of inflexible, self-serving egotists in Washington, each and every one more interested in his/her own political well-being than in running this country effectively. Whose brilliant plan was it to send cash??? I don't deal in cash, and I have to account for everything I spend...oh--exc ept for the money I pay in taxes. I'll never know what happens with it after it disappears into the black hole that is our government coffers. The abject helplessness I feel over our nation's economy is maddening, to put it mildly.
 
 
+29 # VSweet 2011-06-14 13:09
Watch the Repulsivecan's say it was Obama's fault that this heist happen in year 2004.

Somebody, somewhere, knows where this money is. It's just top secret right now.
 
 
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2011-06-16 05:59
I am sure that the money is being sat on right here in USA Or Halliburton has it
 
 
+28 # ME Browning 2011-06-14 13:26
This comes as no surprise. Isn't Social Security "broken" because the Bush regime "borrowed" from it to fund these insane wars, so war profiteers like Halliburton and GE could get even fatter?

Anyone who votes Republican these days is either stupid, willfully ignorant or filthy rich. Anyone who votes Democratic can expect their elected officials to follow in the path of Republicans. Anyone who votes for a third party is giving their vote to a Republic or a Democrat, depending on how right- or left-leaning the third-party candidate is.

We're screwed.
 
 
+16 # Adoregon 2011-06-14 13:28
This gives new meaning to the cliche, "throwing money at a problem."

Unfortunately, the laugh is on us. It is our [tax] dollars being flushed into the void.

Welcome to the plantation.
 
 
+13 # geraldom 2011-06-14 13:31
Anyone that is interested, I refer you to the following URL link:

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/dispatches-iraqs-missing-billions/

This is not fresh news. It's only fresh to people who have never heard of it. The above link will take you to a website where you will be able to play & watch, free, an unabridged complete version of a documentary titled "Iraq's Missing Billions." This came out in 2006 & was aired many times on FSTV. I recorded it multiple times on my DVD burner, but if you wish to watch it, just go to the above referenced site.

If you have the latest version of Real Player, it would be better for you to download the video as a .FLV file to your hard-drive first so you can watch it at your leisure. Real Player allows you to do this. It is a large file. You can then watch the film using Windows Media Player, but I would suggest that you download & install the latest version of Media Player Classic. The quality of the video may not be the best played full screen, but it will suffice.

This is an amazing & unbelievable video to watch when you see how they handled the billions of dollars in actual real cash & how they ultimately protected it, which was a complete joke. I would tell you to enjoy it, but it will probably get you angry as to how the money was spent & how it disappeared. Enjoy anyway.
 
 
+6 # rm 2011-06-14 16:11
Good link, Mencher. The important made in the video is that the money is Iraqi money that was being held in trust by the UN, which turned it over to the Bush administration. The mantra of american bankers is OPM -- other people's money. That's what happened here.
 
 
+9 # karenvista 2011-06-14 20:04
Mr. Mencher- Thank you for the link to the documentary- "Iraqs-missing- billions." It is a great documentary on the cronyism and true will to steal Iraq's money and turn it over to our contractors and to friends of the Bush Administration.

When Bush started banging the drums for war I listened to what all the administraion hacks and their media promoters said and none of it rang true. Yet someone had to gain by our going to war. I finally decided, still prior to the war, that it had to be a giant money-launderin g operation designed to turn public funds (tax dollars)into private profits. I guess every war has that motivation but, perhaps it is not quite as blatant as it was this time.

Stealing all the money that belonged to the Iraqi people after having destroyed their country is even more appalling though. But as Obama and the new U.S. Ambassador to Iraq said- "That's all in the past. Let's look to the future."

Has it ever occurred to them, or to anyone else for that matter that EVERY CRIME IS IN THE PAST. But we still lock criminals up and these people deserve to be locked up, for life-or maybe suffer a trial like Saddam!
 
 
+3 # Wellington 2011-06-14 13:45
Hi, there!
If USA will donate money, tell me in a hurry, I'll be soon at front standing to get my part...
It reminds me one scandal in Brazil, the forgive of Poland debts.
The claims come from credit lines to Brazilian exports in 70 years. In 1981, after a complaint of Jose Oswaldo Pena Meira, Brazil's former ambassador to Poland, where the scandal became known as the "polonetas. In 1992 the loans were renegotiated.
The scandal was the granting of credit lines from the Brazilian government to Poland, between 1977 and 1980, which resulted in a debit balance of $ 1.8 billion. As security for the Polish government issued "polonetas" _títulos commercial non-negotiable.
The title text that included the recovery would be effected only when the debtor was in possession of funds. At the time, nor Poland accepted the "polonetas" as payment for goods sold to Brazil.
This kind of scandal dont make me laugh, makes me cry because, after all, the ordinary people will pay the bill...
 
 
+20 # Helen Gennari 2011-06-14 13:50
A news commentator said this morning that it is believed that "it will never be found."
Do they really expect us to believe that no one knows what happened to the money? and that it can't be found? How dumb do they think we are?
 
 
+12 # in deo veritas 2011-06-14 14:43
I'll bet if we let the CIA use their stock-in-trade techniques that they used in Iraq we would find where the money went. Of course we know if it was recovered, it wouldn't even be a drop in the barrel of corrupt debt we have amassed by going to war in the first place.
 
 
+8 # Margaret Morris 2011-06-14 14:26
I read about the looting on either Truthout or other alternative medium some years ago. I also read of whistle blower books out around 2006 give or take when Lescroart acknowledged them a background for his novel "Betrayal." I didn't read any of his resources because I already suffer from chronic rage regarding the looting of our gov't by folks who don't like government and should never have had access to it.

What is most salient is the corporate media was passing the missing 6+ billion as some sort of accounting snafu.
 
 
+10 # h.m. sutton 2011-06-14 14:40
And totally predictable too! Good grief, what a stupid bunch of idiots we have running these events. Now let's see what the figures are for Pakistan. What do you think the answer to that one from our government would be? Ha!
 
 
+16 # futhark 2011-06-14 14:54
The Bush/Cheney cabal used the money to line their own pockets and help establish a "security state" to replace our Constitutional republic. Their aim is perpetual warfare, constant surveillance, and political power and sweetheart deals for cooperating private enterprises. They have no use for providing cost-effective medical insurance, education, liberty, or justice where private interests cannot profit. They sold us down the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and most Americans still haven't figured out that their country has been hijacked by thieves and terrorists.
 
 
+4 # bracero 2011-06-14 15:23
My question is what is Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and every other mid eastern country that threatens to wipe Israel off the face of the earth doing in the United Nations in view of Article 4 of Chapter I of the Purposes and Principles of the United Nations Charter which states "All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations."
Is it any wonder that one of the smallest nations in the world is paranoid about its political independence when surrounded by these nations?
I am not talking about the right or wrongs of Israels actions on it own behalf. I am talking about its paranoia.
The United Nations seems totally incapable of stopping these outrageous actions totally outside the confines of of the United Nations Charter.
Either the Charter stands for something or it doesn't.
If the Charter stands for nothing than let's get the hell out and quit wasting our money and our young men and women on a meaningless piece of paper.
Wasting money in Iraq and other mid east countries will continue as long as Israel is in fear of its existence and money will continue to be wasted on meaningless wars.
 
 
+7 # Metcalf 2011-06-14 15:48
Why doesn't some eager investigative reporter get a list of names of those Republican suckups who were rushed to Iraq to work for Bremmer? Then find out where they are now, and then drive by their houses and see if it looks like they are living beyond their means. Fairly easy and a good start to see if perhaps some of that 6 billion made it back to America. It went somewhere, you know.
 
 
+7 # boudreaux 2011-06-15 07:30
I agree, if they did a show on 60 minutes and the media took off with this like they did with weiner people might listen but as it is we are the only ones hearing this...
 
 
+4 # MidwestTom 2011-06-14 17:01
What is different about this from the 10's of billions that we give away every year in foreign aid. They just did these bills hot off of the printing press. The war in Iraq has slowed because we have made all of the war lords and tribal leaders multi-millionai res. If we can't win peace by fighting, we do it by printing money.
 
 
+6 # David Dresser 2011-06-14 17:41
This is old news and no surprise at all. Everyone paying a little attention knew that $11 or $12 billion bucks in shrink wrapped $100 bills was delivered and then ignored. Half of it is lost but be clear here. It is no mystery. It is theft and graft and corruption and bribery and "favors" with no expectation of return. Disgusting and despicable. Greedy bastards, and I do not mean the Iraqi!
 
 
+7 # Archie1954 2011-06-14 18:49
I, personally am much more interested in what happened to the $2.2 trillion missing from the Pentagon, as announced on September 10, 2001.
 
 
+2 # boudreaux 2011-06-15 07:27
Very strange Archie
 
 
+7 # Rafael Angel 2011-06-14 19:22
there you are,Bush father and son , cheney Dick , Rumfield Donald and so many others made a good deal with war and well planed loundring the money the money back using Halliburton , etc , etc.
there you are , jail the bastards !!!
 
 
+10 # m 2011-06-14 20:02
Cut Medicare to cover it...
Cut Medicaid to cover it...
Cut School Funding to Cover it...
Cut Student Loans to cover it...
Cut funding for Planned Parenthood to cover it...
Cut the Budget for the EPA to cover it...
Cut the Budget for the FDA to cover it...
Cut Funding for FEMA to cover it...
Stop fixing OUR Infrastructure to cover it...
Cut Anything but Defense Spending and...
MOST CERTAINLY--- DO NOT RAISE TAXES ON THE SUPER DOOPER GLOBAL CORPORATE WEALTHY to cover it.

Just ''cut cut cut'' those pesky '''social things''' so unnecessarily there for All Americans---and then--Cover It...
and then--- Let IT Go..!
Don't Mention IT or anybody involved with IT again...

Its in the Past now where all Big Corruption belongs in Modern, 21st Century, DeRegulated, Corporate-Under Taxed,Corporate -Media-Controll ed, Far-Less-Republ ic, Far-More-Corpor acratic America...

So what if a few got super rich. There's plenty to go around if only we would get rid of THE NATIONAL BUDGET with only a few Corporate-Belov ed Exceptions.

You want to be ''rich''.. right..?

Apparently...
 
 
+10 # shortonfaith 2011-06-14 20:28
You think the Bush era was bad. Think about thae fact that all these trillions of dollars went missing between the war & the banksters & not a single person went to jail or is in fear losing their job. This money is still being distributed around becuase there's no way to place that much money that quickly without leaving a trace. Then think of the trillions that continues to be stolen today by the largest of large corporations leaving the average guy to starve in the streets. How much money does it take to keep 1,000 government types, reporters & judges quiet for eternity? Would a million a piece be enough to buy their silence? From the very start of the war not a single person cried foul or questioned these disappearing funds yet everyone knew it disappeared, daily. $100,000 for turned in machine guns, really?

The only guy in jail is that poor sap that sent out the truth.
 
 
+8 # Virginia 2011-06-15 00:32
Has anybody checked with Goldman Sachs?
 
 
+4 # Ingrid Scott 2011-06-15 04:09
Truth apparently is not "stranger than fiction". This is exactly what is described in the book "Hocus Potus" by Malcolm MacPherson! Gotta love it.
 
 
+5 # aljoschu 2011-06-15 06:16
No oversight, no governance, no significant or independent press - only "embedded journalism" - this equals to no control at all and complete trust in a bunch of irresponsible, full-mouthed crooks.
 
 
+6 # boudreaux 2011-06-15 08:32
I don't even know what to say after watching the documentary that I just watched that Harold posted, it was so blanted how they stoled this money from the people of Iraq, their very own money. It was all Bush and Cheny that did this and need to be help accountable for it and to repay the Iraq people...
 
 
+6 # m 2011-06-15 09:40
Its all part of the STARVE THE GOVERNMENT OF, BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE TO DEATH Plan...

As huge a crime as it is--- What's $6 Billion in missing cash compared to he even larger, more massive 'Treasonous' crime of $12 Trillion in Deficit Spending by Government Regulation/Taxa tion Hating, Global Corporatist 'Bushie' CONservatives who set about deliberately draining the Treasury into the hands of their Corporate Supporters and running up massive Deficits and National Debts in order to FORCE the end of the modern, middle class creating, 'FOR' The People Government which was created by the New Deal and Great Society Concepts and Budgetary Formulations born out of that Great Ideology which the 2% Wealthy Global Corporate Class and Republicans have been systematically attempting to dismantle ever since the creation of it all began..?
And, whether those who believe in less and less and less and less and 'Less Government' understand what they effort for or not, as a deliberate agenda or not--- in the end, it ends up being done FOR THE SAKE OF CREATING A GLOBAL-CORPORAT E-OLIGARCHICAL- WORLD EMPIRE CENTERED WITHIN AMERICA where 2-3% of the Wealthiest Corporate People on Earth achieve dominion over EVERYTHING...
 
 
+6 # thomas e. scott 2011-06-15 10:33
Just exactly how many bridges and high ways will 6.6 billion dollars build. Our whole infrastructure could have been revamped with this cash and the US economy would have been thriving now. Let all GOP officials now work for zero until this $$$ are recovered.
 
 
+7 # Lulie 2011-06-15 10:46
Meanwhile, the corporate media obsess about the Congressman's weiner.
 
 
+4 # Lee Black 2011-06-15 11:54
So true Lulie - Weiner and the premature election coverage. It's so easy to distract us.
 
 
+1 # froglegs 2011-06-15 11:57
And is anyone going to be held accountable.... ..........
 
 
+4 # enrique 2011-06-15 12:17
Over the years hundreds of books have been written about thieveries like these. We have seen "Exposé’s" of all kinds for over 50 years. Very occasionally some unlucky little schmuck is brought to “justice”, just to show to the gullible guy in the street, that "the system works". But now, the big-time thieves seem ensconced deeper then ever. What can you expect with an Attorney General who said about the Wall Street crooks, and I quote: We'll hunt you down, we'll find you, we'll put you in jail" Ha, ha, ha! They are still wearing their custom tailored fine suits. I bet you, they put that man paralyzed by inaction in that job deliberately.
 
 
+5 # fredboy 2011-06-15 12:34
Yes, the great loyalty to the Iraq cause pretty much took a back seat to larceny.

I'll bet lots of those gunny sacks full of cash are in the closets of stateside GIs and contractors now retired and living the rich life.
 
 
+6 # Jane Gilgun 2011-06-15 13:13
Why aren't conservatives howling about this? Talk about government waste and squandering of taxpayers' money. The US is shifting from democracy to oligarchy, breaking promises and doing terrible things like this. I could use some money for research on violence. Why isn't there money for something like this that has a clear social value? How about medical care for children? Houses for people who have none? Let's stand for common sense and decency and not ridiculous, obscene acts like this.
 
 
+3 # sar 2011-06-15 13:22
The White House decided to use the money in the so-called Development Fund for Iraq, which was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to hold money amassed during the years when Hussein's regime was under crippling economic and trade sanctions.

Hmmmmmmmm Little Timmy Gietner was the NY Fed.... Check his and Paulsons and all the GS guys... They are more than Willing to create Fraudulent dark vault deriv's why not a flat out load it in a truck and drive off scheme too. They new when it was leaving. BUt My moneys on the BUSH crime family!
 
 
+2 # jimsteeves 2011-06-15 13:32
Just ask yourself this question: “Exactly what would they have done with all that cash over there?” I can imagine that when a tank pulled into a service station to gas up – I know it takes a while for a tank to do that – they’d fork over $2,500 to the station owner and maybe give a $200 tip. They might leave some cash to pay for the damage to the pumps done by the tanks and those buggers weigh in at around 75-100 tons so the concrete they drove in on would be crushed…… Then all the soldiers, marines and mercenaries have to eat so they’d give…. oh…. a couple hundred a day apiece for the troops and thugs to buy chow at greasy spoons all over Iraq. Oh, and take out! Our guys love pizza and it might have to be helicoptered in from somewhere in Jordan, who knows? Is this silly or what?
 
 
+4 # Pickwicky 2011-06-15 15:39
Jimsteeves speculates; "Our [soldiers, etc.] love pizza and it might have to be helicoptered in from somewhere in Jordan. . ." Sounds more like the CIA.
 
 
+4 # Harry 2011-06-15 16:18
Why would ANYONE expect Donald "I lost 2.3 trillion dollars" Rumsfeld, and Richard "I'm installing Ahmed Chalabi as the Iraqi Minister of Oil" Cheney, not to take the money and use it to pay various "debts".
 
 
+3 # jimsteeves 2011-06-15 16:54
Well Pickwicky and Harry - that's it? If you believe they flew a hundred tons of money to Iraq you'd believe anything so what happened to it?
 
 
+7 # A. M. Wheelock 2011-06-15 18:44
Someone check Cheney's bank account.
 
 
+3 # politicianssuck 2011-06-16 08:49
All that money went to the insurgents. It was planned that way so no US funds would do it and no traceability. Keeps the enemy alive to help the Military Industrial Complex suck 15 billion a month out of us.
 
 
+2 # reiverpacific 2011-06-16 17:00
Has anybody ever asked themselves or "The Authorities" why the US built the biggest embassy in the world in Baghdad (It can be seen from space apparently)? The planning, design, selection of architects and engineers, bidding (-Oop's-, I forgot; the chosen ones like Haliburton/KBR don't like that word, nor do they need to worry about it) and selection of subcontractors, etc. must have been planned and in at least the advanced design phase long before the trumped-up war and perhaps the REAL reason for it.
The hubris extant at the time of the invasion of Iraq defied any oversight and yes, if anybody has worked in the Middle -East or overseas in general, bribery is a way of life (they are just more open about it than the Beltway crowd) just like bargaining for goods is (I could have retired rich just on the bribes I was offered in Indonesia). But any such sum(s) could and should have been at least estimated in a "contingency" clause in each contract to keep the warlords (I mean the local ones) happy and on the "right side".
And don't forget that cosy photo of Rumsfeld and Saddam fondly shaking hands when he was "our good guy". You don't suppose all that passed between them was accounted for, d'you? Or maybe it all came out of the still heavily and secretly funded C.I.A. "Black Budget" which even most legislators aren't even party to?!
 
 
0 # cherylpetro 2011-06-17 12:09
News travels SLOW! I have been banging this drum for quite some time! (but actually I heard the amount was 8 BILLION, not 6). I AM SURE THERE IS AN OFFSHORE ACCOUNT UNDER THE NAMES "B", "C", AND "H!" BUSH/CHENEY GOT THE TRIFECTA: WAR IN IRAQ, KILLING OVER A MILLION INNOCENT PEOPLE, GETTING BIG LOOT OUT OF IT! (OH AND THEY MANAGED TO LEAVE THE NEXT PRESIDENT A HUGE LANDSLIDING DEFICIT/ECONOMY TOO!) BUSH CHENEY (AND THE REST, INCLUDING RICE, AND RUMSFELD) & THE HALLIBURTON CEO NEED TO BE JAILED NOW! WAR CRIMES!
 
 
+1 # Stanley H. Schwartz 2011-06-18 07:17
My question is how much of the cash ended up in Haliburton contractors' hands, including Dick Cheney's? KBR/Halliburton was the most involved contractor during the War on Terrorism in Iraq! VP Cheney was the most out-spoken advocate for the invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Sadam Hussein! Don't you think that he wanted a payoff for his hard work as the advocate? I do. The Bush Administration never should have invaded Iraq! We gained nothing for toppling Sadam. And we lost far too many precious American lives, the lives of our allies, and of Iraqis, which have cost us our treasured reputation around the world. And we now have countless more enemies. Thhis cash was only a part of our cost!
 
 
0 # genierae 2011-06-18 09:21
If you work for a bank and a bunch of money comes up missing, the person in charge is held accountable for finding out what happened to the money. There was someone in charge in Iraq when this money was stolen, why aren't they even mentioned?

It is written that in the end-times, evil will shamelessly strut about in broad daylight. Sound familiar?
 
 
0 # Griff 2011-06-18 21:25
$6.6B was 1 days spending then and .5 days now.
`We the People` need to stop giving the Government the money and more important, the ability to continue taking and adding to the taking.
I am not satisfied with the distribution of my taxes and especially of the use of my future taxes.
 
 
0 # Griff 2011-06-18 21:30
We are following the misdirection. The news calls it `Breaking News`, TV calls it `coming up next`. We have wasted the effort on this NEW post when it was found and discussed 7 years ago. What has changed? we decided to spend that amount after noon every day instead.
Lets pay attention to the other 364.5 days expenditures also
 

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