This story will just blow away. Yet, if some welfare mom in Detroit gets an extra $10 in food stamps the press is all over it. We can’t afford health care reform but we can plow unaccounted for money into Iraq corruption as though it is just “business as usual”. Folks, $8.7 BILLION is a lot of money by anyone’s standards. That money will provide a lot of health care in the US. It may even save YOUR life.
Where are the Neocons, Fox News and the imperialist plutocrats on this one? What the hell is going on in the Pentagon? I don’t hate the military but how does this shit get explained? Again, $8.7 BILLION, that’s a lot of money.
A lot of people can relate to the small graft but can’t get their heads around the real rip-offs. Shame on all of us.
I’m willing to make a heavy bet that no one gets convicted or spends serious time in jail over this. This story will just disappear because the general populous can’t relate to the “real” crimes.
And that was just what they admitted to. Bearing in mind their general reluctance to tell the public any truth that doesn’t show them in a good light, you could probably multiply that figure a couple of times and still not be near the truth.
I heard he’s planning a comeback and making a film with Mr Bean? I think the working title is “Dumb And Dumb As Fuck In A Bucket”. I wonder which one Dubya is? I have my guess, but let’s see what others think.
This is old news, as has already been noted. As for the outrage, I think this sort of thing (plus all the other crap) is what sent the Republicans packing in '06 and '08. That was serious “Bush Bashing”, regardless of anyone implying that it doesn’t or shouldn’t happen.
Considering that the oversight happened starting in 2003 and that this was news in 2007, I’d say that it hasn’t blown away yet. As to your other assertion here, I haven’t seen anything in the news about welfare moms getting $10 extra…do you have a cite?
Well, two things…first, it was Iraqi money, not US money. Unless you are talking about health care reform in Iraq, your statement here makes no sense. Then there is the scale issue…
…namely, this. $8.7 billion (even when you capitalize it, so to speak) really ISN’T a lot of money, not by US government standards. Health care is going to cost over an order of magnitude more than this…$8.7 wouldn’t even be a drop in the bucket. Hell, NASA’s budget is bigger than this, and they aren’t exactly well funded.
Probably not. For one thing, it was Iraqi money. For another, it seems that the lack of oversight and management of the funds was systematically lacking. In that environment, it’s pretty common and natural for government (or private) organizations to look on the money as a windfall and use it to pay for the parts of their budgets that are discretionary. I don’t know what you think happened to the money, but my guess is that the majority was spent by the organizations getting it for their own budgets on things they wouldn’t normally have gotten or would have had to go back and justify in order to get the money to pay for them.
That seems to be your over riding theme here, but then your entire OP seems to be full of misinformation and maundering laments about how things you think are news worthy don’t make it in the news (the key point being that YOU don’t think they are), while vital stuff like this that’s been hanging around for years and is STILL in the news, you seem to think should, well, be news worthy.
Unaccounted for money does not mean stolen or wasted, it just means that the paperwork and recording keeping was not done properly. Paperwork often gets short shrift in a war zone, recall Wellington’s famous letter to London while in Spain.