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Cash dumped into iraq then smuggled out.

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Cash dumped into iraq then smuggled out.

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madmex Report This Comment
Date: April 16, 2008 02:20PM

“Who in their right mind would send 363 tons of cash into a war zone?” — Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

Pres. Bush said he vetoed the Democrats’ expansion of the SCHIP children’s health insurance program because it was too costly. This confirms what we know about the president’s priorities. But the cost to cover 10 million additional children would be $35 billion, Democrats have pointed out, which is roughly what it takes to run Bush’s war in Iraq for 41 days.

An even more apt example of the misplaced values of Bush and his party — of taxpayer money squandered in Iraq that could have been put to good use in the United States — is the story of the $12 billion or so that was flown into Iraq and then went missing and will never be recovered. It sounds like a financial scandal of historical proportions, and yet it is one of the most under-reported story of the war:

The United States flew nearly $12 billion in shrink-wrapped $100 bills into Iraq, then distributed the cash with no proper control over who was receiving it and how it was being spent.

The staggering scale of the biggest transfer of cash in the history of the Federal Reserve has been graphically laid bare by a U.S. congressional committee.

In the year after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 nearly 281 million notes, weighing 363 tons, were sent from New York to Baghdad for disbursement to Iraqi ministries and US contractors. Using C-130 planes, the deliveries took place once or twice a month with the biggest of $2,401,600,000 on June 22, 2004, six days before the handover.

After this was revealed in an investigation into Bush’s handling of his invasion of Iraq, Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee was prompted to ask:

“Who in their right mind would send 363 tons of cash into a war zone?”

Security in the war zone was so lax as to be non-existent:

“One [Bush Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA)] official described an environment awash in $100 bills,” the memorandum [on the investigation for Waxman’s committee] says. “One contractor received a $2 million payment in a duffel bag stuffed with shrink-wrapped bundles of currency. Auditors discovered that the key to a vault was kept in an unsecured backpack.


“They also found that $774,300 in cash had been stolen from one division’s vault. Cash payments were made from the back of a pickup truck, and cash was stored in unguarded sacks in Iraqi ministry offices. One official was given $6.75 million in cash, and was ordered to spend it in one week before the interim Iraqi government took control of Iraqi funds.”

The Bush team — many of whom were inexperienced Republican Party operatives, cronies of the president and their twenty-something kids — lost or ripped off millions of dollars from the UN that was intended to feed Iraq’s poor people:
ORLANDO399 Report This Comment
Date: April 16, 2008 02:54PM

Same thing the demo-fags want to do with the illegal immigrants in the u.s..Whats ur point fagmex?

btw where ya get this
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: April 16, 2008 02:57PM

FagMex2000 is wetting his panties cause he knows there's no way a sand-niger or a dyke-cunt can win....drinking
blinkermann Report This Comment
Date: April 16, 2008 06:12PM

This is like some of the hot-chick posts that come along. We have to take their word for the fact that the chick has a hot body (or that it is not some tranny). In this case, we have to believe that it is really hot cash under the burlap.

Showing just a little more would be more exciting.
blinkermann Report This Comment
Date: April 16, 2008 06:15PM

And as for ripping off the re-building money . . . as with every war there are people who make (or take) a few bucks. Some of them are republicans, some are democrats. Some are corrupt govt employees, some are contractors. Some of them hid the loot in their pockets, some hide it in the fine print of the contracts. However you look at it, it is all about the benjamins.