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Inspector General: Too Much Money Spent in Iraq for Too Few Results

Posted at: 03/06/2013 10:28 AM

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Too much money spent and too few results.

The special inspector general for Iraq Reconstruction says the 10-year effort to rebuild the country grew much larger than anticipated. In Stuart Bowen's final report to Congress, he says there wasn't enough accomplished in the rebuilding of Iraq for the $60 billion in American taxpayer funds that was spent.

In the report, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, says U.S. funding "could have brought great change in Iraq" but fell short too often. Al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim says, "There was misspending of money."

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, the country's top Sunni Muslim official, tells auditors that the rebuilding efforts "had unfavorable outcomes in general." And Kurdish government official Qubad Talabani, the son of Iraqi president Jalal Talabani says, "It was just not strategic thinking."

The abysmal Iraq results forecast what could happen in Afghanistan, where U.S. taxpayers have so far spent $90 billion in reconstruction projects during a 12-year military campaign.

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