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Iraqi Officials ‘Stole Millions’

Posted on Oct 23, 2006


A former Iraqi minister has said that officials in the former interim government stole about $800m (425m) meant for buying military equipment.

Former Finance Minister Ali Allawi told the US CBS network that about $1.2bn had been allocated for new weapons.

About $400m was spent on outdated equipment and the rest stolen, he said.

Mr Allawi said the UK and US had done little to recover the money or catch the suspects, who were “running around the world”.


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By MARIAM RUSSELL, October 25, 2006 at 9:29 am Link to this comment
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Re CUT AND RUN or STAY THE COURSE____ It seems somewhat silly to expect the same people who created the situation, and have much invested in it, to do anything substantive toward fixing anything except their aims which are not the aims of the people who live in Iraq.

Make the situation better? LEAVE THE AREA. It is just possible that the people of Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc., etc., can pump and sell oil to the rest of the world….probably not at a price to gladen the hearts of the oil giants…but the income from that sale could change the lives of the people of these countries….or not….not our affair. Our Negroponte trained killing squads can be handled by the locals…..or not… they choose. The religious differences in the Middle East are not our concern, we cannot handle our own. Change of administration? Absolutely, and reverse the damage done to our constitution, and there is a chance. Without that, it will be an uphill fight with lots of blood in the streets….....or not….and we will go forward from one horror to a worse one.

Foriegn policy ideas? YOU MEAN BRILLANT IDEAS TO CHANGE THE LANGUAGE, OR MAKE A FEW ADJUSTMENTS TO BETTER PACIFY THE VOTING PUBLIC SO THEY WILL SHUT THE FUCK UP AND GO BACK TO SHOPPING? Or do you mean an idea like LESS FORIEGN POLICY since FORIEGN POLICY is the program put into place to promulgate and enforce the plan made on the late 40s to own and control all the natural resources no matter the cost, and renewed by the PNAC with a more in-your-face attitude because these jerks think they have finally arrived at the point where no one can oppose them successfully…....and they could be correct, if we are stupid enough to allow them to put their planned weapons in space.


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By Juan M. Long, October 24, 2006 at 8:01 am Link to this comment
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From the begining, money has always been the problem. The issue here is out-sourcing. If the Military did their own stuff without having civilian contractors doing the job for military, we would not have this problem.

The other issue here is that you have leaders who are Incopadent in what they are doing, not qualified in knowing what soldiers need in battlefields and what they need in armorment and type of armorment for the battlefield. Example I would never use a Hummer in an Urban/desert area - no overhead/haul/belly cover for mines and Anti-Weapons. Death Trap. We should have had APCs or half tracks. People need to review Lessons Learned from the past.
Finally, downsizing is a big mistake, while all our military posts are being closed down, our training sites, and our armies being downsized - we are going to have a lot of problems, cold war is still not over.
Thanks, Kingrat

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By Juan M. Long, October 24, 2006 at 7:46 am Link to this comment
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I believe it is time for all to understand that a walk in the park is not an option in war. If we are to invade another country for their wrong doing, then do it the right way. Twice we were in IRAQ and the initial step in each event was a walk in the park knowing that later, Al Qaeda will Retaliate. 
The tactic has been used in previous wars before, so why play the game, when you know it will not work.
We are now faced with “what do we do now” the option here is to pull back our troops to the borders of IRAQ (Safe Zone for our troops) and let the Iraqi Government perform their duties as they have been trained - this will also Encourage the Iraqi youths to make their decision on how they fit in for their country. 
Our troops can sit on the side lines and resupply for a counter-attack if the Government of IRAQ can not do the job.
Meanwhile Al Qaeda will be forced to break up their operations and relocate closer to continue their mission, not able to return to their previous hideouts. In any case, our troops are in the middle of the target, and no where to gain ground, so begin at the borders and work in-ward. Can you think of a better idea, then to run with your tail between your legs.
Thanks - Kingrat

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By TruthPlease, October 23, 2006 at 11:39 pm Link to this comment
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If you figure the usual 10% agent’s fee - this was a big money-making opportunity, completely aside from the huge no-bid military contracts, etc. But that would be so callous, not to mention illegal - nah, they spend so much time telling us how patriotic and honest they are (in spite of the plentiful evidence otherwise) - they wouldn’t rob us, on top of stealing from us and killing and maiming our children, would they?
We’ll see how many good Americans still believe the lies and spin, come election day - that is, if Diebold can’t steal it away from us again.  By the way - check out the article about Neil and Barbara Bush on the LA Times - scamming $$$ from the No Child Left Behind dough - just a coincidence?  Or a family style/business?,0,4402778.story?coll=la-home-headlines

Don’t know about you, but I’ve been wondering what ol’ Neil was up to - there’s just too much money rolling around for him to not be grabbing some. He says he doesn’t use his political connections at all..Yeah. Right.  And the war in Iraq really is about terrorism, too. Just because the family and all of their friends are making a mint off of it - well, that’s just good bidness, ain’t it????

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By Michael Sandifer, October 23, 2006 at 11:01 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, Clinton should be considered a war criminal too.  What’s your point?

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By Henry Green, October 23, 2006 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment
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Please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe it was George Bush Senior who committed us to the debacle in Mogadishu. I believe it was Daddy Bush’s last official act upon leaving office.

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By max, October 23, 2006 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment
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Never mind the war Robb it is over and the USA have dropped the ball huge! Read Tillman’s article.
What about the cost to the planet of the arrogance and stupidity…yes I said it! of Bush and his cronies. Whatever party they are they are just flat out bully’s…and dumb ones too…you voted those closet fundamentalists in ....and oh yeah a democratic government will do better buddy…global warming check it out!!

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By IgnoranceIsNotBliss, October 23, 2006 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment
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All governments steal the money. WTF?

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By Johnny White, October 23, 2006 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment
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It is so sad to see that throughout history lessons of war have not been learned. There can be no winners in Iraq. This is a tragic drama played out by the foolishness and arrogance of the present american government. At best Iraq will be partitioned with the warring parties temporarily separated. At worst it will descend into civil war with Iran being the victor.

Sometimes you must talk to your enemy. Sometimes you must feed your enemy. Terrorism is an idea. We must formulate a greater idea to combat terrorism. Not another bomb nor a bullet to waste life.

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By Rodney Matthews, October 23, 2006 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment
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Who has robbed the American taxpayer the most? The Iraqi goverment, or Bush and Cheney and the folks from Halliburton? Does anyone care that a company once run by the vice president is making tens of billions of dollars off of a war he started? Or how about a trillion dollars in tax cuts to the richest Americans. I wonder who is the biggest threat to the finanical security and safety of this this country? AL-Queda or Bush and Cheney?

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By MARIAM RUSSELL, October 23, 2006 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment
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Rob, for goodness sake, go and read PNAC. It is easy to find on the internet as these people are incredibly arrogant. It is an announcement of what the Republicans intended once in office. You are correct that the Democrats are funded by some of the same corporations as the Reps but if you will look, funding from the arms and military suppliers is almost entirely Rep. We may have a slim chance of reclaiming some of our Republic if we elect Dems, but we will have zero chance if the gang that is in now stays.

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By Nancy Klasmeier, October 23, 2006 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment
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Why was it necessary for American taxpayers to find out from “60 Minutes” about the half-billion dollars stolen from us by the Iraqi defense minister? Mr Bush intends to stay in Iraq, has promised the Iraqi government that he will not pull American troops out until the Iraq military and police are prepared to defend their country.  How, pray tell, can the Iraqis defend their country without proper weapons, since their high ranking government officials have stolen a half billion American dollars sent to equip the Iraqi military.

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By Robb, October 23, 2006 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment
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Some of the people on this site floor me!!!  Where were all of you when your fabled CLINTON sent troops, including my best friend into Mogadishu and into Bosnia for a war we had NO BUSINESS being in (WAIT I GUESS THE U.N. MAY ACTUALLY BE WORTHLESS)????  I guess that was ok because we are saving people of minority origin or whichever ethinicity makes us feel warm and fuzzy to save today, but not Iraqi’s that needed our help just as bad!!!???  I do agree a timetable needs to be set up for withdrawl in Iraq, I also agree we need to concentrate more on Afghanistan and N. Korea, but DO you actually think DEMOCRATS are going to do any better?????  If you do you are a fool…..If we cut and run we lose face with world (terrorists imparticular) If we stay for a longer senseless amount of time we are wrong there as well.  The answer is…..There is no 1 best answer and anyone who thinks there is or a Republican or Democrat who says there is is absolutely fooling themselves and lying to us!!!  As for the Millions being stolen, I thought everyone wanted Iraq officials to begin a faster takeover of day to day governmental operations??  OOPS, I guess that may be a bad call as well!!!

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By rob, October 23, 2006 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment
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just another ugly chapter in bush’s war games,when all of you pull that trigger on nov7 2006
think about all the distruction this man and his
fellow republicans caused…!!!!

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