Sunday, November 20, 2011

Afghanistan/Iraq: Bribery on a grotesque scale

Decade long and still counting, started with a congress, both house of, that prefers a dictator sitting in the executive branch as they just rubber stamp the wants of, including the invasions and occupations, and call it string national security! Which leads to billions more spent on the now failed policies leading to a semi destroyed, for the next decades, national security and defense of!

American's new foreign policy

November 20, 2011 - When the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan closed shop on Sept. 30, it reported its “sobering but conservative” estimate that U.S. taxpayers had lost between $31 billion and $60 billion in waste and fraud of the $206 billion Uncle Sam has spent on contracts and grants in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of course, that’s not all. According to the commission’s final report, “a similar amount could be lost due to unsustainable projects and programs.”

These staggering, if “conservative,” figures are the result of three years of the commission’s work, including 25 hearings and eight reports to Congress. What the commission neglected to mention in its final press release, however, was that it was trucking all of its records to the National Archives where, as The Wall Street Journal reported, also on Sept. 30, they would be sealed for 20 years.

News traveled slowly up Capitol Hill. “We learned of this development after the fact,” the two original Senate co-sponsors of the commission, Claire McCaskill and Jim Webb, wrote in a Nov. 7 letter to the archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero. Noting that the commission hadn’t thought to ask or even inform Congress about deep-freezing the documents for the next two decades, the senators asked “that the National Archives make a full disclosure of the commission’s files and records as quickly as possible, consistent with protections for privacy, proprietary information and other applicable laws.” read more>>>

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