In the same way-ugly stain of Mitt Romney’s financial, near- fraudulent bullshit this past week, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Funds issued its final audit account on Friday, the take-away bottom line: â€œThe precise amount lost to fraud and waste can never be known,â€ the report said.
And we’re not talking petty cash here — $51 billion worth, of which as of July 2009 only about $60 million has actually been recovered.
One must also remember this is U.S. taxpayer dollars.
An example from the report was invoice control, like one contractor charging $80 for a pipe fitting that actually cost $1.41 — WTF!
And like a lot of other stuff intricate to the Iraqi debacle, this particular storyÂ will most-likely now be swept into the dustbin of history.
(Illustration found here).
After an initial investigation results released in July 2010, the IG reported the US Department of Defence is unable to account properly for 96 percent of the money.
Although there’s been 87 indictments, 71 convictions and $176 million in fines and other penalties imposed on certain individuals off this, none of the high powers who put this pile of bullshit into operation have ever been even mentioned, much less investigated — George Jr., The Dick, Don Rumsfeld, all the way deep into the bowels of authority, none have been brought to real justice.
The Dick still has the gall to endorse Romney, saying Mitt was the “only” guy he trusts to sit in the White House, and “…who has to make those key decisions, some of them life-and-death decisions, some of them decisions as commander-in-chief, who has the responsibility for sending some of our young men and women into harm’s way, that man is Mitt Romney.”
Mitt, last year, blubbered over The Dick: He told an Arizona town hall that Cheney’s “wisdom and judgment” would provide a model for choosing his own vice president.
However, because The Dick is still way-toxic, they might can gush over each other, but absolutely no photograph can be takenÂ of the two together, least someone take offense.
Then we wonder about those lost taxpayer dollars — these assholes just don’t give a shit.
This rebuilding of Iraq after US forces blasted it to pieces is a story of hasty and haphazard planning, just like the entire, whole operation itself.
A pinhole look from the UK’s Guardian in March 2006:
Because the Iraqi banking system was in tatters, the funds were placed in an account with the Federal Reserve in New York.
From there, most of the money was flown in cash to Baghdad.
Over the first 14 months of the occupation, 363 tonnes of new $100 bills were shipped in — $12bn, in cash.
And that is where it all began to go wrong.
“Iraq was awash in cash — in dollar bills. Piles and piles of money,” says Frank Willis, a former senior official with the governing Coalition Provisional Authority.
“We played football with some of the bricks of $100 bills before delivery.
It was a wild-west crazy atmosphere, the likes of which none of us had ever experienced.”
The environment created by the coalition positively encouraged corruption.
“American law was suspended, Iraqi law was suspended, and Iraq basically became a free fraud zone,” says Alan Grayson, a Florida-based attorney who represents whistleblowers now trying to expose the corruption.
“In a free fire zone you can shoot at anybody you want.
In a free fraud zone you can steal anything you like.
And that was what they did.”
And the wise man says, Mitt’s the man.