Improper Accounting of Another $1.2 Billion In Iraq

CNN reports:

The U.S. State Department is unable to account for most of $1.2 billion in funding that it gave to DynCorp International to train Iraqi police, a government report said Tuesday.

Huge programs like the retraining of Iraqi security forces will always have some level of corruption which needs to be fully monitored and prosecuted vigorously when found. That is not being done in Iraq and that is largely the result of the Bush administration’s unwillingness to tackle the issue. I suspect their complacency is driven by a fear that a full investigation will overturn massive criminal behavior that occurred right under their noses.

Indeed, contrast this with the efforts of the Justice Department and the Republican controlled Congress to investigate and prosecute wrong doing in the UN Oil-for-Food scandal. There was the inevitable corruption involved and the Right used that to attack the overall validity of the program, attack the UN as an effective organization and to demand the head of Kofi Annan.

Not so with the much greater corruption now taking place. One might draw the conclusion that the Right is simply unprincipled and motivated by politics when it comes to policing corruption. I do.

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