If this has been talked about prior to me. Oopsey.
I sure hope I entered those right
. If I didn't I hope some nice moderator will fix them for me? Pretty please?
This is really an unpleasent task for me. I've supported this administrations efforts in Iraq since the beginning, and still support the effort
against terrorism, but the blatant incompetence that this missing money indicates is too much.
Three U.S. senators, Ron Wyden (Dem-OR), Byron Dorgan (Dem-ND), and Tom Harkin (Dem-IA); in a letter demanked a full accounting of the money sent to
Iraqi ministries and authorities by the Coalition Provisional Authority, which was the governing body of Iraq until June 2005.
This story was broken by Col. David Hackworth (US Army-ret.) on his website which I cannot access for some strange reason.
The missing money is from the Developement Fund made up from proceeds from oil sales, frozen assets returned from foriegn gov't's, and surplus from
the Oil-For-Food Program.
The audit seems to have revealed that payrolls have been padded with thousands of ghost workers. Over 8000 guards listed, only 603 actually
Haliburton seems to have benefited.
Haliburton was one of the main beneficiaries to the tune of over one billion dollars.
These are just a few of the examples that are apparently sited in this audit.
Even if only a fraction of this is on the mark, it reveals an almost unfathomable level of incompetence, and criminal neglagence on the part of the
bigwigs in the administration.
Donald Rumsfeld needs to answer some stiff questions, indeed. (OMG, I've gone to the darkside.) Where in the hell did all that money go? To whom
did it go to? Over 8 billion dollars of our money just went poof, I really don't like being played for a fool. Bush and crowd need to step up NOW!