Thank our lucky stars for vanity fair. I read the whole article, it was endless, on Cheney-Gonzalez-Haliburton and its "contractors" and how rules and regulations to thwart the laws were instituted by Gonzalez (guess why he "mysteriously" resigned?). Anyhow, not for me to say too much, though that kind of stuff affects us all, U.S. AND other countries.<quoted text>
I still believe the pecking order was President Halliburton Cheney,
Vice President Rummy and the Dummy Bush!
"Mr. Greenspan is Flat Wrong": Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists Respond to Alan Greenspan's Claim that He Didn't Know about Federal Reserve's Role in Iraq's Missing Billions /October 9, 2007 /http://tinyurl.com/ybg36sb
Last month, during an appearance on Democracy Now!, former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan questioned a report in Vanity Fair that $12 billion was shipped from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to Iraq.$9 billion cannot be accounted for. Today investigative journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele respond to Greenspan.
We return to a story we covered last month -– Iraq's missing billions. Just weeks after the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration began airlifting planeloads of cash to Baghdad for use by U.S. occupation officials.$12 billion in US currency was shipped in just over a year. But where did the money go? To date, at least $9 billion cannot be accounted for.
Last month, Democracy Now! interviewed the investigative journalist team of Donald Barlett and James Steele. They published a shocking expose in Vanity Fair tracking how the money went from the Federal Reserve to Iraq.
Money for Nothing
Billions of dollars have disappeared, gone to bribe Iraqis and line contractors’ pockets. October 24, 2005 / http://tinyurl.com/lhzgljx by Philip Giraldi CIA Ret.
The United States invaded Iraq with a high-minded mission: destroy dangerous weapons, bring democracy, and trigger a wave of reform across the Middle East. None of these have happened.
When the final page is written on America’s catastrophic imperial venture, one word will dominate the explanation of U.S. failure—corruption. Large-scale and pervasive corruption meant that available resources could not be used to stabilize and secure Iraq in the early days of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), when it was still possible to do so. Continuing corruption meant that the reconstruction of infrastructure never got underway, giving the Iraqi people little incentive to co-operate with the occupation. Ongoing corruption in arms procurement and defense spending means that Baghdad will never control a viable army while the Shi’ite and Kurdish militias will grow stronger and produce a divided Iraq in which constitutional guarantees will be irrelevant.
As for Iraq, Rogue and company still have not understood that the devil you know is better than the devil you don't know. Saddam was a murdering S.O.B, who will deny that? But, Rogue cannot bring himself to tell us how Iraq is better off post-Saddam. Obama, Canada, Italy, G.B., and France made the same mistake in Libya, though not to such an extent in lives and money. Look at Libya today. Bring back Ghadaffi !