KHAN BANI SAAD, Iraq – A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children's hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets
As the U.S. draws down in Iraq, it is leaving behind hundreds of abandoned or incomplete projects. More than $5 billion in American taxpayer funds has been wasted — more than 10 percent of the some $50 billion the U.S. has spent on reconstruction in Iraq, according to audits from a U.S. watchdog agency.
That amount is likely an underestimate, based on an analysis of more than 300 reports by auditors with the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. And it does not take into account security costs, which have run almost 17 percent for some projects.
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Answer by Izsarejman at 7:39 PM on Aug. 29, 2010
Everything we have spent over there is a waste. Many private companies got very rich off of this war. I always care where my tax money is being spent, Especially when it is spent on something so wasteful as the war in Iraq. The same could be said for the people who are complaining about the stimulus money, which was spent in America to help Americans, but you are not complaining about other spending like the war, and the tax cuts for the wealthy.
Answer by mommom2000 at 10:08 PM on Aug. 29, 2010
We cannot police the world. There are many evils happening in many other countries that we do nothing about. Why Iraq and not the other countries? People did make obscene amounts of money of off this war and that is why we went there. It was not to save anybody.
Answer by mommom2000 at 10:33 PM on Aug. 29, 2010
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