Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results

Mar 5, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Sunherald.com

This Saturday, July 24, 2010 fil;e photo shows a guard tower and fences with barbed wire for a U.S.-funded prison in Khan Bani Saad, Iraq, northeast of Baghdad.

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Mar 6, 2013
 
Greatest Joke of year 2013!!

As if GWB the Great went there to Rebuilt Iraq.

The aim was to "take revenge for His Father" and "To remove one potential danger for Isreal"

Both the aims were achieved 100 %.

Who should care for 60 odd Billion $. Did GWB the Great paid from his pocket?

(And who knows how much Iraqi oil passed under hands in those years of turmoil?)

And who cares for close to 1 Million Iraqi dead during the time US "ruled" there?

Mission Accomplished

a. Saddam Dead

b. Iraqis enjoying "Democracy" and living in virtual Paradise.

c. Iraqi Army learning "how to fire bullets from shoulder carried rifles

d. And by which hand to hold hand grenade and not be stupid to keep on holding it too long after removing the pin....and do not throw it is the direction of your friends!!

e. No trace of Taliban and Al Qaeda in Iraq now (There never was any Al Qaeda and Taliban there any way)

What is a few Trillion Dollars spent one way or other.

Most of the Money came back to USA one way or other. Defense Contractors, new ammunition, pay and perks to US army personnel. Banquets and dinners for Press and Media persons etc etc.
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Mar 6, 2013
 
MUQ wrote:
Greatest Joke of year 2013!!
As if GWB the Great went there to Rebuilt Iraq.
The aim was to "take revenge for His Father" and "To remove one potential danger for Isreal"
Both the aims were achieved 100 %.
Who should care for 60 odd Billion $. Did GWB the Great paid from his pocket?
(And who knows how much Iraqi oil passed under hands in those years of turmoil?)
And who cares for close to 1 Million Iraqi dead during the time US "ruled" there?
Mission Accomplished
a. Saddam Dead
b. Iraqis enjoying "Democracy" and living in virtual Paradise.
c. Iraqi Army learning "how to fire bullets from shoulder carried rifles
d. And by which hand to hold hand grenade and not be stupid to keep on holding it too long after removing the pin....and do not throw it is the direction of your friends!!
e. No trace of Taliban and Al Qaeda in Iraq now (There never was any Al Qaeda and Taliban there any way)
What is a few Trillion Dollars spent one way or other.
Most of the Money came back to USA one way or other. Defense Contractors, new ammunition, pay and perks to US army personnel. Banquets and dinners for Press and Media persons etc etc.
As if the saudi deviant royal family were not plotting on the region and on the Iraq from the very beginning.

As if U.S invaders were not hosted by Saudi deviant royal family for more than decade before the invasion of Iraq. As if the U.S invaders were not intruded into Iraq from the lands controlled by Saudi deviant royal family.

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Mar 7, 2013
 
Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results.

AND Egypt, Syria, Afganistan, Africa, Mexico, Greece, Spain, the UN etc etc etc etc etc. Oh, and Wahington DC
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Mar 7, 2013
 
We ready for Iran and Syria next? Maybe help out the french and get NATO involved in Mali? Keep droning Afagnistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Somilia, ect. Send a couple more warships to the Korean coast.

Endless war goes round and round
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Mar 8, 2013
 
A Teacher wrote:
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As if the saudi deviant royal family were not plotting on the region and on the Iraq from the very beginning.
As if U.S invaders were not hosted by Saudi deviant royal family for more than decade before the invasion of Iraq. As if the U.S invaders were not intruded into Iraq from the lands controlled by Saudi deviant royal family.
So now you blame Saudi Arabia for Iraq invasion?

Your excuse is bigger than your original crime?

Was it Saudi Arabia which presented "proofs" in US senate and house of Representative that Saddam has WMD and is a potential threat to US and its allies in the ME?

Do Saudi Arabia have some people in US govt. also?

I did not know it.

Now you are telling!!
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Mar 8, 2013
 
lamer wrote:
We ready for Iran and Syria next? Maybe help out the french and get NATO involved in Mali? Keep droning Afagnistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Somilia, ect. Send a couple more warships to the Korean coast.
Endless war goes round and round
And then you plead "we are spreading peace in the world"....it is these people who do not want peace!!

head I win, tale, you loose!!
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Mar 8, 2013
 
Biggest joke of the year 2013!! MUQ

US Spent $ 60 Billion for Iraq Reconstruction
US Spent $ 90 Billion for Afghanistan Reconstruction!!

Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results

http://www.sunherald.com/2013/03/05/4509114/

By LARA JAKES AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON

01. 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.
(bulshitting the whole idea- MUQ)

02. 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.
(meaning they are either too stupid or too lazy or too inefficient, or all of these- MUQ

03. 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."
(reconstruction effort is itself a misnomer, there never was any intention to re-build Iraq MUQ)

04. 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.
(Coming for "closest US ally in Iraq" this is strongest condemnation, no thanks is ever expressed- MUQ)

05. Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, the country's top Sunni Muslim official, told auditors that the rebuilding efforts "had unfavorable outcomes in general."
(Saying in plain language "US people are stupid" - MUQ)

06. "You think if you throw money at a problem, you can fix it," Kurdish government official Qubad Talabani, son of Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, told auditors. "It was just not strategic thinking."
(In Plain English "it was ill advised and half hearted effort, just to silence their conscious- MUQ)

07. The abysmal Iraq results forecast what could happen in Afghanistan, where U.S. taxpayers have so far spent $90 billion in reconstruction projects during a 12-year military campaign that, for the most part, ends in 2014.
(Afghanistan report would be worse, but ignored easily because the "wound" is still fresh-MUQ
$ 90 Billion spent on Afghanistan re-building in itself is a big joke MUQ)

08. Shortly after the March 2003 invasion, Congress set up a $2.4 billion fund to help ease the sting of war for Iraqis. It aimed to rebuild Iraq's water and electricity systems; provide food, health care and governance for its people; and take care of those who were forced from their homes in the fighting.

("help ease the sting of War" what a classical use of English language and only 2.4 Billion for it!!- MUQ)

09. Fewer than six months later, President George W. Bush asked for $20 billion more to further stabilize Iraq and help turn it into an ally that could gain economic independence and reap global investments.

(Extra grant almost 1000 % of the original budget, another sign of amateurism- MUQ)



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Biggest joke of the year 2013!!- MUQ

Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results

http://www.sunherald.com/2013/03/05/4509114/

By LARA JAKES AP National Security Writer

11. And yet Iraq's government is rife with corruption and infighting. Baghdad's streets are still cowed by near-daily deadly bombings. A quarter of the country's 31 million population lives in poverty, and few have reliable electricity and clean water.
(And when removing corruption was one of the goal of 2003 Invasion? MUQ)

12. Overall, including all military and diplomatic costs and other aid, the U.S. has spent at least $767 billion since the American-led invasion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

(Most of that came back to US as it was spent on defense contracts and pay and perks to US army personnel- MUQ)

13. National Priorities Project, a U.S. research group that analyzes federal data, estimated the cost at $811 billion, noting that some funds are still being spent on ongoing projects.

(On US army camps and their well being- MUQ)

14. Sen. Susan Collins, a member of the Senate committee that oversees U.S. funding, said the Bush administration should have agreed to give the reconstruction money to Iraq as a loan in 2003 instead as an outright gift.

(Another Big Joke- MUQ)

15. "It's been an extraordinarily disappointing effort and, largely, a failed program," Collins, R-Maine, said in an interview Tuesday. "I believe, had the money been structured as a loan in the first place, that we would have seen a far more responsible approach to how the money was used, and lower levels of corruption in far fewer ways."
(No one to be blamed and convicted of course, spread the blame to every one- MUQ)

16. In numerous interviews with Iraqi and U.S. officials, and though multiple examples of thwarted or defrauded projects, Bowen's report laid bare a trail of waste, including:

(No action is now possible for fraud cases MUQ, bless the war!!)

17.-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.

18. 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.
(Building Prison in Iraq is investing in its infrastructure new Definition MUQ)

19.-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.

(They should contact Mr. Suresh Kalmadi of India who was Chief organizer of the 2010 Common Wealth games in New Delhi, these prizes are childish- MUQ)

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Biggest joke of the year 2013!!- MUQ

Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results

http://www.sunherald.com/2013/03/05/4509114/

By LARA JAKES AP National Security Writer

25. Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani, a Shiite, described the projects as well intentioned, but poorly prepared and inadequately supervised.
(speaking in diplomatic language, it means they were all B/S- MUQ)

26. The missed opportunities were not lost on at least 15 senior State and Defense department officials interviewed in the report, including ambassadors and generals, who were directly involved in rebuilding Iraq.
(The term Re-building Iraq is itself a most inappropriate, there never was any intention to build or re-build any thing MUQ)

27. One key lesson learned in Iraq, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns told auditors, is that the U.S. cannot expect to "do it all and do it our way. We must share the burden better multilaterally and engage the host country constantly on what is truly needed."
(This should be written in Golden letters and hung on US Congress, Senate and Pentagon and every room including toilets of White House- MUQ)

28. Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, who was the top U.S. military commander in Iraq from 2008 to 2010, said "it would have been better to hold off spending large sums of money" until the country stabilized.
(Too miser a person in my view, what would US army and its commander eat? MUQ)

29. About a third of the $60 billion was spent to train and equip Iraqi security forces, which had to be rebuilt after the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority disbanded Saddam's army in 2003. Today, Iraqi forces have varying successes in safekeeping the public and only limited ability to secure their land, air and sea borders.
(Oh what a waste! Iraq's was the Most lethal army in ME before US invaded that country in 2003- MUQ)

30. The report also cites Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as saying that the 2011 withdrawal of American troops from Iraq weakened U.S. influence in Baghdad. Panetta has since left office when former Sen. Chuck Hagel took over the defense job last week. Washington is eyeing a similar military drawdown next year in Afghanistan, where U.S. taxpayers have spent $90 billion so far on rebuilding projects.
(US should have annexed Iraq and made it a vassal state and re-fuelling station for Israeli jets, to launch attack on Iran. What a shame to let go of Iraq so easily- MUQ)

31. The Afghanistan effort risks falling into the same problems that mired Iraq if oversight isn't coordinated better. In Iraq, officials were too eager to build in the middle of a civil war, and too often raced ahead without solid plans or back-up plans, the report concluded.
(Afghanistan report is easy, they can put all the blame to planning dept. They reproduced the plans for Iraq to Afghanistan, forgetting that Afghanistan is all mountains, not plain like Iraq. An honest mistake that can happen every where- MUQ)

32. Most of the work was done in piecemeal fashion, as no single government agency had responsibility for all of the money spent. The State Department, for example, was supposed to oversee reconstruction strategy starting in 2004, but controlled only about 10 percent of the money at stake. The vast majority of the projects - 75 percent - were paid for by the Defense Department.

Conclusion:(MUQ)

This report shows US and its administration in much worse light than any one thought possible.
The entire operation from beginning to end was amateurish and stupid. No one knew about Iraq, its society, its culture, its politics, and no one cared about Iraqi people.

This report will go into freezer box and no one would either see or discuss it.

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