posted on Mar, 7 2013 @ 05:21 PM
Well, since 2005 we can now account for about $60 billion dollars that ended up being wasted in Iraq. Yes, you remember that war.. the one that ended
up costing 4.4k American lives, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths.
Well, a new report came out detailing how much money was wasted, and how little of it actual improved Iraq. The claims made say Iraq is no better now
than it was before, but I think we all kind of figured as much.
In spending $60 billion to rebuild Iraq, the US has wasted more than $9 billion in taxpayer funds, only to find that Iraq is just as wrecked
and unstable as before.
Bowen interviewed numerous American and Iraqi officials, many of whom criticized the US for taking on too many large projects without consulting
Iraqis. When American troops withdrew, many of these projects were largely abandoned and Iraq continues to look as broken as before.
Additionally, Americans “wore out [their] welcome” by planning to “do it all and do it our way” – all while wasting taxpayer dollars, Deputy
Secretary of State William J. Burns told the inspector general.
So some people wonder why the Iraqis were angry at us, perhaps it was because billions of dollars was lost to corruption and a lot of projects were
The US has spent more than $60 billion in reconstruction grants, which comes out to about $15 million for each day of the conflict. A $2.4 billion
fund set up by Congress to rebuild Iraq’s water and electricity systems and to provide food, healthcare and governance was largely wasted. President
George W. Bush asked for $20 billion more just a few months after the March 2003 invasion to accomplish these goals.
Abandoned projects include a 3,6000-bed prison that cost $40 million but was never finished or used and a $108 million wastewater treatment center
that still remains unfinished. The US also spent millions repairing infrastructure they blew up, including a $75 million pipeline and a $29 million
bridge in north-central Iraq. Contractors were also found to have overcharged the US government for supplies, with one contractor charging the
Pentagon $900 for a $7 control switch.
So they have left almost a half a billion dollars worth a projects unfinished, some of these crucial elements to help sustain the Iraqi population,
but the money has disappeared. I'm starting to think somebody made a pretty good profit off the taxpayers, and federal grants.
The failures in Iraq have raised concern over the future of Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal of US troops. The US government has spent $90
billion on reconstruction projects in Afghanistan over the course of 12 years, which US officials are afraid could go to waste if oversight isn’t
So that begs the question, how much will we have invested total on all these wars? How many jobs could've been created at home, how many new
technologies could've been perfected? Why hasn't our education system been refined? Obama cries about sequester of a measly 85 billion, but we've
amassed trillions in war, while the government still refuses to cut wasteful spending, and they continue to fund rebels in other countries. I think
people really should take note, and start holding those responsible for this mess accountable, and that means people MUST be vocal about the
The police state is encroaching quickly, war rhetoric is ramping up, and your wallet is getting thinner. It's your move patriot.