U.S. Congress: billions to rebuild Iraq spent in vain
The United States has spent more than $ 60 billion for the reconstruction of Iraq after the US-led invasion of the country in March 2003, but the results were below these amounts much as mentioned in a congressional report released yesterday.
The Inspector General noted specialist in the reconstruction of Iraq in its final report that the various budgets allocated for the advancement of the security forces and the restoration of electricity and water distribution ‘was much less useful than the Desired’.
Since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the Inspector General issued a report based on 220 to hundreds of accounting and auditing. The conclusion was crucial ‘for about 40% of the projects have suffered from major Imbalances’.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said ‘overall benefit of Iraq very small compared to the size of the amounts spent, especially because of lack of understanding the needs of the country ‘As the Inspector General, who met dozens of people.
The Fouad Hussein, one of the closest advisers Massoud Barzani, president of Iraqi Kurdistan, more severe and said ‘not only was the lack of coordination between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Pentagon and the interim authority, but she was fighting among themselves. Policy was to totally control the ministries of oil, interior and defense, but if you do not Tdron something about the local culture, the result is chaos. ‘
And examples of many failed investments and some is due to the lack of control of companies benefiting from the contracts. Thus acquired Lanham .. C $ 300 million for the management of warehouses and distribution centers. He did not hesitate subcontractor with this company in holding them accountable for $ 900 versus insulators priced no more than 7.05 dollars, or $ 80 to wire a price not exceeding 1.41 dollars.
In May Washington has invested $ 80 million in building a prison has a capacity of up to 3,600 prisoners before abandon this project after two years and after that spent in vain half that amount.
According to the Office of the U.S. budget, the total cost of the Iraq war on the United States more than 767 billion dollars.