ABillions of Dollars Likely Wasted in Iraq Reconstruction

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    • Jun 2012
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    Yeah, lets let the government run health care. Smaller government is the solution to many of this country's problems.
    • May 2012
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    I coulda told ya when Bush was standing in front of the "Mission Accomplished" sign that "nation-building" wouldn't work.

    And let's not forget what a wonderful symbolic target all those over-priced improvements make for the Sunnis and Shias who are engaged in a religious civil war.

    To my knowledge, "nation-building" has exactly one example of success. Japan. The rest were a waste of US tax dollars.
    • Mar 2012
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    You dont have to go to Iraq to see Government waist.. Look at the money that is waisted on "Green Energy".
    • Jun 2012
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    I am just glad that the US Navy is not wasting any money on their fuel. 26 bucks a gallon is a steal. Glad "Green" energy is saving green just like Solyndra and other stimulus money recipients. Thank God for Change so we can all have Hope.
    • Mar 2012
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    I don't understand why we go into countries, spend billions to bomb and destroy the he!! out of it, then turn around and spend billions more rebuilding! That's one of the most illogical facets of our military. Guess we've been doing it for decades but it still doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

    Meanwhile, fraud and waste have been going on in DOD expenditures for ages. Remember those $60 hammers and ridiculously priced toilet seats from eons ago? The only way things like this happen is from within. So go up the line and start firing those responsible for the contracts and fire those responsible for the people responsible for the contracts. Pretty soon the current crop of DOD would be dismantled a new bunch running things. Hopefully they'd be a bit more honest if they knew they COULD lose their lucrative job. They're wayyyy too comfortable in their positions.
    • May 2012
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    this is old news. if you'd like to find the money, then take a look in cheney's pockets.
    • Jun 2012
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    You can't help people who don't want help.
    Iraq has always been Sunni murdering Shiite, except when Shiite are murdering Sunni.
    Not only have we lost the Billions of Tax Dollars Wasted in Iraq Reconstruction, it has cost us victory in Afghanistan.
    The invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11, was one of the dumbest, most misguided mistakes a president has ever made.
    The only good news is we got the man that tried to assassinate George H Bush.
    4,000+ of our troops who died, 100,000+ Iraqis who died,$3 trillion wasted, such a deal.
    • May 2012
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    Thunderchicken wrote: #1
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    Yeah, lets let the government run health care. Smaller government is the solution to many of this country's problems.
    if the money had been kept at home to begin with, then there'd be ample money for full, free medical care for everyone on u.s. soil. the iraq war was a scam.
    • May 2012
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    Wilberhum wrote: #7
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    You can't help people who don't want help. Iraq has always been Sunni murdering Shiite, except when Shiite are murdering Sunni. Not only have we lost the Billions of Tax Dollars Wasted in Iraq Reconstruction, it has cost us victory in Afghanistan. The invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to d...
    believe it or not i sort of agree with you here. the last and most telling statement that g.w. made before the bombs began falling was when he was actually crying in front of the cameras saying,'but saddam tried to kill my daddy!'

    well, there were a whole lot of people during ww 2 who were trying to kill my daddy, but that doesn't mean that i want to bomb the shit out of them and murder their rightful ruler.
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    Bobolinsky wrote: #2
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    I coulda told ya when Bush was standing in front of the "Mission Accomplished" sign that "nation-building" wouldn't work. And let's not forget what a wonderful symbolic target all those over-priced improvements make for the Sunnis and Shias who are engaged in a religious civil war. To my kn...
    Japan worked because we beet them in to submission first. We've yet to do that in the middle east.
    • May 2012
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    Bobolinsky wrote: #2
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    I coulda told ya when Bush was standing in front of the "Mission Accomplished" sign that "nation-building" wouldn't work. And let's not forget what a wonderful symbolic target all those over-priced improvements make for the Sunnis and Shias who are engaged in a religious civil war. To my kn...
    You might be right. I chalk it up to Japanese culture. There is something about both Japan and Germany... I can't put my finger on it, but I think it has to do with honor and respect for what it means to be Japanese or German. I hesitate to call it "nationalism" because it's more than just what the Left describes it as.

    Honest socialism seems to work better in Germany than in France or Italy. Japan is similar in the national pride they take in their collective success.

    Japan and Germany have very different histories but they seem to have arrived at a similar place. Japan has a long history as one nation that is in isolation and detente if not always friendship with the super power which was China. Germany's is one of city-states and conflict right up into the 19th C.

    Regardless, Japan and Germany are the exceptions. Socialism is a disaster everywhere else.
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    autiger wrote: #3
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    You dont have to go to Iraq to see Government waist.. Look at the money that is waisted on "Green Energy".
    Or on the many many overpriced items spent in the Defense Budget the Contractors overcharge to suck at the government teat.
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    autiger wrote: #3
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    You dont have to go to Iraq to see Government waist.. Look at the money that is waisted on "Green Energy".
    Your little "snipe" at the Defense Budget is understandable from the Liberal point of view.. But you can't name one success / company in Green Energy.. where the Govt. gave money .. Just one.. One success of the military is somewhere at the bottom of the Ocean(bin lauden) & no one will argue .. the world is safer because of it..
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    autiger wrote: #3
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    You dont have to go to Iraq to see Government waist.. Look at the money that is waisted on "Green Energy".
    No, my little snipe is at companies that are like vultures. And the Defense budget is huge for a reason.
    It had nothing to do with Liberal or Conservative viewpoints.
    I was in the military and I purchased items and always wondered how they got away with overpricing. There is a ton of money spent and making certain people billionaires that could be helping our deficit.
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    Thunderchicken wrote: #1
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    Yeah, lets let the government run health care. Smaller government is the solution to many of this country's problems.
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    if the money had been kept at home to begin with, then there'd be ample money for full, free medical care for everyone on u.s. soil.
    Only if you ignore our $16,000,000,000.00 debt.(Ever hear the expression: There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.)

    the iraq war was a scam.
    Only if you ignore the fact the we sold Iraq the makings for the WMDs.(I'll agree with anyone who says that was a dumb move.)

    But I guess when you have "Hope and Change" you can ignore reason and fact.(And this country is the worse for it.)
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    Thunderchicken wrote: #1
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    Yeah, lets let the government run health care. Smaller government is the solution to many of this country's problems.
    Oops;

    $16,000,000,000,000.00 (Damb, I don't have enough fingers and toes.)
    • Jun 2012
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    Wilberhum wrote: #7
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    You can't help people who don't want help. Iraq has always been Sunni murdering Shiite, except when Shiite are murdering Sunni. Not only have we lost the Billions of Tax Dollars Wasted in Iraq Reconstruction, it has cost us victory in Afghanistan. The invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to d...
    Anytime one of our Presidents is the target of an assassination attempt we should be concerned. I don't care what platform he stands on, he's a fellow American and one of the things I swore when entering the military was to protect all. Not just those that believed the way I do. How can you be so callous about a life like that? For shame.
    I agree that Iraq was a huge blunder, but wishing people dead goes against everything the military stands for. They kill and sacrifice their life and they don't do it lightly.
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    autiger wrote: #3
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    You dont have to go to Iraq to see Government waist.. Look at the money that is waisted on "Green Energy".
    Oh ok.. A lot of people that deal w/ government are just crooks.. Easiest money to steal is govts. They have an article in the B'ham news this morning.. 10-15 prominent govt. leaders from just Birminghsm who are in prison.. It's a a lot of them. The story is about their "prison life". Wish I had an answer for the Defense stuff.. Our military deserves better .. Sorry misunderstood you.. I'll do better .. But I do LOVE our military.. Touchy subject w/me
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    Wilberhum wrote: #7
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    You can't help people who don't want help. Iraq has always been Sunni murdering Shiite, except when Shiite are murdering Sunni. Not only have we lost the Billions of Tax Dollars Wasted in Iraq Reconstruction, it has cost us victory in Afghanistan. The invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to d...
    And rightful ruler? Look Iraq was a bad idea. Bush Senior head to make a hard decision to leave a horrible man in power so that the stability of the reion wouldn't be compromised. Something his son didn't do.
    But saying Sadam was a rightful ruler is just laughable. The man was horrible and put people to death without thought. You saw how the people treated that "rightful ruler" with cellphone footage when he was captured. He got what he deserved, I just hate that it laid waste to a country and killed our boys in the process and created such instability in the area.
    The reason we supported him the first time was to oppose Iran. Remember?
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    Wilberhum wrote: #7
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    You can't help people who don't want help. Iraq has always been Sunni murdering Shiite, except when Shiite are murdering Sunni. Not only have we lost the Billions of Tax Dollars Wasted in Iraq Reconstruction, it has cost us victory in Afghanistan. The invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to d...
    'Anytime one of our Presidents is the target of an assassination attempt we should be concerned'. But causing the death of, by some estimates, over half a million people is not the way to show concern.
    'How can I be so callous about a life like that?
    WTF, I address the horror of all those who have died. Do you have comprehension problems.
    "wishing people dead goes against everything the military stands for"?
    Where did that come from?
    I have total respect and thanks for those who server and protect our county. My disrespect is for those who caused them to sacrifice their life.

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