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$300 million US dollars were secretly taken from Iraq’s central bank. In a “To Catch a Thief” moment, Ahmad Chalabi (himself a fugitive from Jordanian justice, as well as Cheney’s primary WMD intelligence source and Bush’s pick for Iraqi president), accused the Iraqi Defense Minister of shady dealing, leaving the Iraqi national security advisor to lament, “I am sorry to say that the corruption here is worse now than in the Saddam Hussein era.”

And that's just local corruption. Add in the fact that a mere 27 cents of every US tax dollar given to US corporations for reconstruction ever makes it to the Iraqi people, and it's plain to see that there's a problem.

President Bush will soon be coming to Congress looking for another $100 billion dollars for Iraq. Our Congress, as the representatives of the citizens of this great nation, needs to send the Bush administration a message: The days of "shoot from the hip" funding for Iraq are over. It's time for some accountability.

I just sent the following email to my representatives,

When President Bush asks you for the next round of funding for Iraq, make sure he has an accountability moment:
  • Ask him how he is going to pay for it. Are you going to dig us deeper into debt?
  • Make sure the first dollars spent go toward equipping our troops with everything they need.
  • Stop the war profiteering by US contractors. When only 27 cents of every reconstruction dollar makes it to the Iraqi people, there's an accountability problem.
Demand accountability.

If you think it's time to stop giving President Bush a blank check in Iraq, tell your representatives in the House and Senate.

Posted by American Pundit at January 24, 2005 1:48 AM