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Iraq auditors: “There is no accountability”

Posted by Stephen on February 15, 2007

Why Iraqis need to rebuild Iraq

Congressional auditors, overseeing the use of federal funds on Iraq reconstruction, announced that there have been widespread funding abuses in Iraq, and it may get worse.

Fox News is reporting that auditors, headed by David M. Walker, told a House committee their review of $57 billion in Iraq contracts found that Defense and State department officials condoned or allowed repeated work delays, bloated expenses and payments for shoddy work or work never done.

The report states that more then 10 billion dollars have been squandered due to overcharges and unsubstantiated expenses. Federal investigators say more is to come. The newest assessment is more then three times as much as the Government Accountability Office estimated last fall.

“There is no accountability,” said Walker. “Organizations charged with overseeing contracts are not held accountable. Contractors are not held accountable. The individuals responsible are not held accountable.”

These latest claims lend credence to the thought that Iraqis should be the lead in rebuilding Iraq. Fox News stated that investigators reported that of the $10 billion in overpriced contracts or undocumented costs, more than $2.7 billion were charged by Halliburton Co., the oil-field services company once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney.

The findings support the notion that there is no reason that Iraqis shouldn’t be fully in charge of planning, organizing, and carrying out the reconstruction effort. American engineers should be the extent to which tax payer money for the reconstruction effort should be doled out to non-Iraqi personnel. It would also seem logical, that less federal money would need to be spent if more Iraqi citizens were involved in the rebuilding effort.

If a strong economic plan accompanies the additional troops headed for Iraq, then it is likely that the banking institutions could reorganize and once again begin to contribute to the business of banking for Iraq. A strong economic plan would entice foreign investment which is currently languishing at 1 percent GDP. A strong economic plan would assist in organizing a blueprint for the service sector, utility engineers and workers, infrastructure planners, and security personnel.

These are the plans that provide young Iraqis with alternatives to Taliban recruitment and militias. These are the plans that instill confidence in citizens that their government is responding to their needs.

Walker concluded that “people should be rewarded when they do a good job.” The reward for a strong economic plan for Iraq will be a chance for Iraqis to live in peace with the ability to pursue an existence free from tyranny while having the opportunity to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

For America, the reward will be the expeditious withdrawal of our troops and a return home having accomplished a mission worthy of our support.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.


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