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Sunday, October 23, 2005

money for nothing

As Al Franken stated on his radio program on Friday, when pointing to this article written for American Conservative by Philip Giraldi, a former CIA Officer and a partner in Cannistraro Associates, an international security consultancy, he'd been reporting this tragic misappropriation of billions of dollars since his show's inception.

But for those who were unaware of this scandalous situation, it's a demoralizing eye-opener:

When the final page is written on America’s catastrophic imperial venture, one word will dominate the explanation of U.S. failure—corruption. Large-scale and pervasive corruption meant that available resources could not be used to stabilize and secure Iraq in the early days of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), when it was still possible to do so. Continuing corruption meant that the reconstruction of infrastructure never got underway, giving the Iraqi people little incentive to co-operate with the occupation. Ongoing corruption in arms procurement and defense spending means that Baghdad will never control a viable army while the Shi’ite and Kurdish militias will grow stronger and produce a divided Iraq in which constitutional guarantees will be irrelevant.

The whole thing found here.

Link via Al Franken's Air America Radio Blog.

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