Another tip from Vox Day: Billions of tax dollars have been dumped in Iraq with no traceability, and Col. David Hackworth says as much as $8.8 billion-with-a-B may be missing:
For example, the CPA paid 74,000 guards even though the actual number of guards couldn’t be validated. On one site alone, 8,206 guards were on the payroll, but only 603 warm bodies could be counted. Elsewhere, more than $17 million was allocated to guards and the Iraqi army without one piece of backup paper. Pals in Iraq say this has been standard drill since the birth of “a very dysfunctional” CPA.
The report cites, “An improper $120 million disbursement was made in May 2004 because of miscommunication between CPA-OMB and Comptroller’s office.”
$120 million lost, and it’s written off as a “miscommunication”!
Meanwhile, Hack writes:
[T]he armed forces’ PX system (AAFES) is into charging our GIs in Iraq $9 for a 12-inch pizza. A similar pizza is $8.99 at a pizzeria near Greenwich, Conn., where prices compete with Beverly Hills. The manager told me that about half of this price was gross profit. Lt. Col. Debra Pressley of the AAFES insists the $9 price is “fair and competitive with commercial outlets, including locations in Greenwich.”
And so it seems to be. But why? Don’t our soldiers deserve a better deal? Or is our government reduced to trying to make up the AWOL bucks on our soldiers’ backs?
Reading Hack’s report, it’s not too difficult to imagine a “Seven Days in May” scenario.