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Spending On Iraq Poorly Tracked (15 Billion Unaccounted)

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posted on May, 23 2008 @ 02:04 PM
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Spending On Iraq Poorly Tracked


www.washingtonpost.com

The inspector general for the Defense Department said yesterday that the Pentagon cannot account for almost $15 billion worth of goods and services ranging from trucks, bottled water and mattresses to rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns that were bought from contractors in the Iraq reconstruction effort.

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[edit on 23-5-2008 by Leo Strauss]




posted on May, 23 2008 @ 02:04 PM
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15 billion in goods and services. The economy is just fine for some people!

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posted on May, 23 2008 @ 02:08 PM
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This is the kind of thing that makes me insane. They did not record the serial numbers of the weapons sold. Which ofcourse means those same weapons can be sold again to "insurgents" and used against our own troops.




An audit report issued in November found that $5.2 billion of U.S. payments to buy weapons, trucks, generators and other equipment to support Iraqi security forces had major deficiencies in how items were accounted for, saying that the Defense Department did not know "what equipment is due in, due out, issued and on hand." The inspector general found that the Defense Department could not account for 12,712 of 13,508 weapons, including assault rifles, machine guns and grenade launchers for Iraqi forces.

"When we turned them over to the Iraqis, they weren't properly accounted for," said Gary Comerford, a spokesman for the Defense Department's inspector general, saying serial numbers were not consistently recorded. "The paper trail is not complete."

The November audit also described how the Pentagon paid $32 million for the construction of an Iraqi military facility in Anbar province that was never built. Defense Department officials told staff members of the oversight committee that "this is embarrassing" because "not a spade of dirt was turned."




posted on May, 23 2008 @ 08:00 PM
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If the American public can forget about the trillion dollars that the pentagon couldn't account for before 9/11, I am sure this will be nothing more than a blip on the radar. Pretty disgusting.



posted on May, 24 2008 @ 12:55 AM
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The 15 billion went to black programs that aren't ON the budget list.



posted on May, 24 2008 @ 03:18 AM
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Possibly possibly but according to the records a certain amount of hardware was shipped to Iraq and that hardware is not accounted for.

I know that black ops is funded off book however it appears in this case weapons are sold only to be resold on the black market to an enemy we need to keep the bonanza flowing.



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