Why They Hate Us, Vol. 697

Imagine how many schools we could have painted:

Dryly written audit reports describe the Coalition Provisional Authority’s offices in the south-central city of Hillah being awash in bricks of $100 bills taken from a central vault without documentation.

It describes one agent who kept almost $700,000 in cash in an unlocked footlocker and mentions a U.S. soldier who gambled away as much as $60,000 in reconstruction funds in the Philippines.

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Negligence proved deadly in at least one case. Three Iraqis plummeted to their deaths in an elevator in the Hillah General Hospital that was certified to have been replaced by a contractor who received $662,800.

Also in Hillah, occupation officials spent $108,140 to replace pumps and fix the city’s Olympic swimming pool. But the contractor merely polished the old plumbing to make it look new and collected his money.

When the pool was filled, the water came out a murky brown and the pool’s reopening had to be canceled. The reports did not identify the contractors involved.

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-Only a quarter of $23 million entrusted to civilian and military project and contracting officers to pay contractors ever found its way to those contractors.

-One contractor was paid $14,000 on four separate occasions for the same job.

-Of $7.3 million spent on a police academy near Hillah, auditors could account for just $4 million. They said $1.3 million was wasted on overpriced or duplicate construction or equipment not delivered. More than $2 million was missing.

-U.S. personnel “needlessly disbursed more than $1.8 million” of the estimated $2.3 million spent for renovating the library in the Shiite holy city of Karbala.

-The library contractor delivered only 18 of 68 personal computers called for and did not install Internet wiring or software. The computers worked only as stand-alones.

-The U.S.-led security transition command spent $945,000 for seven armored Mercedes-Benzes that were too lightly armored for Iraq. Auditors were able to account for only six of the cars.

-At one point, several paying agents kept cash inside the same filing cabinet in the Hillah vault. One agent took $100,000 from another’s stack of cash to clear his own balance. “This was only discovered because the other paying agent had to make a disbursement that day and realized that he was short cash,” the report says.

So first we kill them to give them freedom, and then steal the money we were going to spend rebuilding the shit we blew up. To give them freedom. Or something.

To quote Boomer, which is not something I do lightly, “And you ask why?”

A.

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