Yes, Republicans, DO tell me about your concern for the national debt. I’m all ears:
US’s $60bn Iraq rebuilding effort ‘achieved little’
The US rebuilding effort in Iraq achieved little despite $60bn (£40bn) spent since the 2003 invasion, a US auditor for reconstruction has said.
In his final report, the inspector general for Iraq reconstruction estimated the US wasted at least $8bn.
Stuart Bowen put the “limited positive effects” down to corruption, poor security and insufficient consultation with Iraqi authorities.
The eight-year war in Iraq cost the US about $800bn and nearly 5,000 lives.
This is what happens when you elect people who don’t believe in government’s ability to do anything right. For example:
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told Mr Bowen there had been “misspending” of US money.
The US-funded rebuilding programme “could have brought great change in Iraq” but fell short, he said.
Osama al-Nujaifi, speaker of the Iraqi parliament and the country’s top Sunni Muslim official, said rebuilding projects “had unfavourable outcomes in general.”
And Kurdish official Qubad Talabani told auditors: “You think if you throw money at a problem, you can fix it. It was just not strategic thinking.”
Senator Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate’s foreign relations committee, said the report’s findings were “appalling” and that lessons must be learnt to avoid repeating mistakes in Afghanistan.
Yes, Sen. Corker. The lesson I’ve learned is to never, ever, ever, ever vote someone into government when the key plank in their party’s platform is that government is the problem. This outcome was entirely predictable.
Also, it appears the BBC has fallen into the U.S. media’s habit of only quoting Republicans. I’d like to know what the top Democrat on the committee thought. We are, after all, in charge of the Senate. Anyone?