Back in the dark ages of TV, the 50’s or 60’s, there was a popular quiz show on the tube, the “$64,000 Question”…and there was always a bit of a mystery on how the people were so smart (there was NO Google)….and there was a movie about a rigged game show, where the contestant had the answers before hand…..anyway, I digress….
Let us move on, shall we?
When the last statue of Saddam was pulled down and the peasants danced, it seems that the Bush admin sent a bunch of cash, ands I do mean cash, into Iraq to help with the recovery that was to follow……this from an article in the LA Times…..
Pentagon officials determined that one giant C-130 Hercules cargo plane could carry $2.4 billion in shrink-wrapped bricks of $100 bills. They sent an initial full planeload of cash, followed by 20 other flights to Iraq by May 2004 in a $12-billion haul that U.S. officials believe to be the biggest international cash airlift of all time.
This month, the Pentagon and the Iraqi government are finally closing the books on the program that handled all those Benjamins. But despite years of audits and investigations, U.S. Defense officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion in cash — enough to run the Los Angeles Unified School District or the Chicago Public Schools for a year, among many other things.
For the first time, federal auditors are suggesting that some or all of the cash may have been stolen, not just mislaid in an accounting error. Stuart Bowen, special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, an office created by Congress, said the missing $6.6 billion may be “the largest theft of funds in national history.”
The question is…..where is the cash…all $6.6 billion?
That is right, Irene……$6.6 billion just up and walked off…….this happened when Crocker was the administrator of Iraq in the interim period before elections for a new government….Crocker? Yep, the same guy that has been named the ambassador to Afghanistan….yet another country that we are pouring money into by the plane loads……will we see another disappearing act by our cash in that country also?
Someone turned a profit off all that cash….any ideas?
This is how Washington protects the taxpayers contributions to the running of the nation? We are SO screwed!