posted on Jan, 8 2004 @ 05:29 AM
I still cant really grasp the idea of sending 84 billion dollars to iraq..its insane
"Andrew S. Natsios, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said earlier this year that U.S. taxpayers would not have to
pay more than $1.7 billion to reconstruct Iraq - which turned out to be a gross understatement of the tens of billions of dollars the government now
expects to spend. Recently, however, the government has purged the offending comments by Natsios from the agency's Web site... For months after the
April 23 Natsios interview on ABC's Nightline, USAID.gov displayed the transcript. 'You're not suggesting that the rebuilding of Iraq is going to
be done for $1.7 billion?' an incredulous Ted Koppel asked Natsios. 'Well, in terms of the American taxpayers contribution, I do,' Natsios said.
'This is it for the U.S. The rest of the rebuilding of Iraq will be done by other countries who have already made pledges, Britain, Germany, Norway,
Japan, Canada and Iraqi oil revenues... But the American part of this will be $1.7 billion. We have no plans for any further-on funding for this.'"
I thought this was funny too..
This is not the first time the administration has done some creative editing of government Web sites. After the insurrection in Iraq proved more
stubborn than expected, the White House edited the original headline on its Web site of President Bush's May 1 speech, "President Bush Announces
Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended," to insert the word "Major" before combat.