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What could we have used 50 BILLION for?

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.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 6:53 PM on Aug. 29, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • How about using money for our failing educations system and making jobs for American Citizens

    Answer by zakityzak at 6:59 PM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • soda. catered lunches. bottled water. scotch on the rocks.

    Answer by lovinangels at 7:00 PM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • Folks, if you're looking for money to spend on worthy projects, lean on your Congressmen to put the stimulus package money back into the US Treasury !

    Less than half of that nearly 300 billion has been spent. It was not designated for any specific things - which was a CRRRAZY omission in the legislation. So it is sitting there as a slush fund available to the Executive branch.

    Instead of whining about money already spent, if you are truly concerned about other projects which need the money, then target the UNspent money in order to DO SOMETHING about them.

    Or is the proclaimed concern actually just a cover to lead into putting down the efforts in Iraq?

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:22 PM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • Suddenly someone cares about where their tax money is going?! Wow.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:16 PM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • Wow, sounds just like some places in America

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 7:36 PM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • Wow..that's going to be the tip of the iceberg. More info about the fraud, waste, and abuse will come out in the months to come. At least that is my prediction.

    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

  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 6:54 PM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • I know it could help my husbands CO get back in business so he could get his job back after almost 2 years. That would be a good start., and a lot of other small Co's out of business = men & women out of jobs.

    Answer by MyAngel003 at 7:00 PM on Aug. 29, 2010