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Still doing a heck of job, Bushie

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative branch of the US Congress, reported (link) that US forces in Iraq have ‘lost track’ of 190,000 weapons in Iraq. Weapons like AK47 assault rifles and pistols were said to be distributed to Iraqi security personnel, but have since gone missing.

According to the report, 190,000 AK47 assault rifles and pistols that were handed out to Iraqi security forces, as well as 135,000 items of body armour and 115,000 helmets as of September 22, 2005; these items have yet to be accounted for by the Iraqi forces. Now many fear that those weapons are now being used against US forces on the ground in Iraq.

Since 2003, the US spent $22 billion to develop Iraqi security forces. The DoD has recently asked for another $2 billion to continue the train-and-equip program. But evidently Congress gave Bush the flexibility to mismanage the train-and-equip program. Evidently, Congress funded this program outside traditional security assistance programs, providing the Pentagon with a large degree of flexibility in managing the effort. According to the GAO report: "Officials stated that since the funding did not go through traditional security assistance programs, the DOD accountability requirements normally applicable to these programs did not apply," .

How can we, as a nation, condone such flagrant mismanagement and incompetence? Has our bar been lowered to such a point where it's acceptable to lose track of $9 billion (link) and hire contractors to rob us blind (link)?

American soldiers died because of this administration's mismanagement and incompetence. This administration, because of lax procedures and loose accounting, supplied our enemies with much valued body armor and handed them assault weapons to use against us.

You're doing a heck of a job, Bushie.

Posted by john trevisani at August 6, 2007 8:01 AM
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Comment #228488

This administration also forgot a basic move immediately after the invasion and, over 4 years later, has still not controlled/sealed the borders of Iraq…

But we’re all so glad they managed to protect the oil ministry building…and now they’re building the largest embassy in the world…

Posted by: Rachel at August 6, 2007 10:01 AM
Comment #228491

Statistics:

How many insurgents,captured or killed in Iraq in recent months, were in posession of one or more of the missing weapons?

How many were wearing body armor bought by American taxpayers?

Posted by: jlw at August 6, 2007 11:40 AM
Comment #228497

Good article, John. And don’t forget all the thousands of Iraqis that we trained have deserted over to the militias. If you’re wondering where the Sunni and Shiite death squads got their training in modern warfare, it was from Bush.

Remember when Bush tried to end the standoff in Fallujah by training and equipping a private militia belonging to a Baathist Sunni General to restore order? And how that militia deserted to the enemy lock-stock-and-barrel when they got there?

Yep Bushie’s doing a heckuva job. He always has.

Posted by: American Pundit at August 6, 2007 12:41 PM
Comment #228503

jlw:
i don’t understand your request. Are you questioning the report from the GAO or the follow-up reporting from news organizations?

(link)One senior Pentagon official told The Washington Post some weapons probably were being used against US troops. He said an Iraqi brigade created in Fallujah disintegrated in 2004 and began fighting American soldiers.
Posted by: john trevisani at August 6, 2007 1:09 PM
Comment #228505

Bush was doing a “heck of a job” 6 years ago today:

The following is a redacted text of the presidential daily briefing from August 6, 2001:

“Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US”

“Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate Bin Ladin since 1997’ has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the US. Bin Ladin implied in US television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and “bring the fighting to America.”

“After US missile strikes on his base in Afghanistan in 1998, Bin Ladin told followers he wanted to retaliate in Washington, according to a [deleted text] service. An Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) operative told an [deleted text] service at the same time that Bin Ladin was planning to exploit the operative’s access to the US to mount a terrorist strike.

“The millennium plotting in Canada in 1999 may have been part of Bin Ladin’s first serious attempt to implement a terrorist strike in the US. Convicted plotter Ahmed Ressam has told the FBI that he conceived the idea to attack Los Angeles International Airport himself, but that Bin Ladin lieutenant Abu Zubaydah encouraged him and helped facilitate the operation. Ressam also said that in 1998 Abu Zubaydah was planning his own US attack.

“Ressam says Bin Ladin was aware of the Los Angeles operation.

“Although Bin Ladin has not succeeded, his attacks against the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 demonstrate that he prepares operations years in advance and is not deterred by setbacks. Bin Ladin associates surveilled our Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam as early as 1993, and some members of the Nairobi cell planning the bombings were arrested and deported in 1997.

“Al-Qa’ida members — including some who are US citizens — have resided in or traveled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure that could aid attacks. Two al-Qa’ida members found guilty in the conspiracy to bomb our Embassies in East Africa were US citizens, and a senior EIJ member lived in California in the mid-1990s.

“A clandestine source said in 1998 that a Bin Ladin cell in New York was recruiting Muslim-American youth for attacks.

“We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a [deleted text] service in 1998 saying that Bin Ladin wanted to hijack a US aircraft to gain the release of “Blind Shaykh” ‘Umar’ Abd aI-Rahman and other US-held extremists.

“Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.

“The FBI is conducting approximately 70 full field investigations throughout the US that it considers Bin Ladin-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our Embassy in the UAE in May saying that a group of Bin Ladin supporters was in the US planning attacks
with explosives.”

Bush’s response to the unnamed CIA briefer who flew to Crawford with the memo, according to Ron Suskind in his book “The One Percent Doctrine”:

“All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.”

Heck of a job Bushie!

Posted by: KansasDem at August 6, 2007 1:20 PM
Comment #228516

jlw
Those are very good questions. With that many weapons missing one would expect ar least some to show up. I wonder how we could find out. Hard to trust the military on this. They are notorious for lieing and have been for the history of warfare. Any suggestions?

Posted by: BillS at August 6, 2007 2:53 PM
Comment #228592

Yeah, I was so pissed about reading this this morning that I decided to take a news break for the rest of the day.
Outrage overload.
Will it never end?

Bushco Sucks.

Posted by: Adrienne at August 7, 2007 1:30 AM
Comment #228640

My understanding is that Petraeus was in charge of distributing those weapons to the Iraqis.

Posted by: ohrealy at August 7, 2007 2:24 PM
Comment #228702

“After US missile strikes on his base in Afghanistan in 1998, Bin Ladin told followers he wanted to retaliate in Washington, according to a [deleted text] service. An Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) operative told an [deleted text] service at the same time that Bin Ladin was planning to exploit the operative’s access to the US to mount a terrorist strike.
Posted by: KansasDem at August 6, 2007 01:20 PM


So, then, Bill Clinton was the one that pissed them off and caused 9/11? Thanks, for clarifying that, KansaDem.

JD

Posted by: JD at August 8, 2007 12:26 AM
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