Iraq agency 'run like Wild West'




 
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Boots
 
February 15th, 2005  
SwordFish_13
 
 

Topic: Iraq agency 'run like Wild West'


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Iraq agency 'run like Wild West'


Millions of dollars were wasted by the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) that ran Iraq after the fall of Baghdad, a former official has said.

Huge cash payments were made to Iraqi contractors out of the back of pick-up trucks, in scenes reminiscent of the "Wild West," he said.

Former CPA officials told the US Senate that sackfuls of money were often "tossed about like footballs".

The former head of the CPA and the administration have denied wrongdoing.

The CPA ran Iraq for a year between June 2003 and June 2004.

Paying cash

The allegations were made on Monday at a Senate hearing into the authority's practices called by Senate Democrats.

The senators described the management of the CPA's multi-billion dollar reconstruction programme as a "scandal".

"We are close to 24 months into this conflict with Iraq and the administration still can't seem to get it right," said Senator Harry Reid.

Senator Byron Dorgan, who heads the Senate Democratic Policy Committee that held Monday's hearing, said "millions, perhaps billions of dollars have been wasted and pilfered".

Former CPA official Franklin Willis told the hearing there had been widespread abuse and waste of money at the authority.

He showed pictures of himself and other US officials holding plastic-wrapped bundles of $100 notes totalling $2m, which he said was used to pay a security contractor.

"We told them to come in and bring a bag," Mr Willis said.

He added that "a combination of inexperienced officials, fear of decision-making, lack of communications, minimal security, no banks and lots of money to spend" led to chaos that was typical of the Wild West.

Audit

The hearing also heard reports of overcharging and fraud.

The allegations follow a report by the inspector general which said the CPA had transferred nearly $9bn to the interim Iraqi government without any controls.

Two years after the fall of Baghdad, 80% of the $18bn earmarked by the US Congress for Iraq's reconstruction remains unspent.

In a reply to the inspector general's report, former CPA head Paul Bremer said it was wrong to assume that "western-style budgeting and accounting procedures could be immediately and fully implemented in the midst of a war".

Bremer said there was no functioning Iraqi government and services were primitive or nonexistent when the authority took over in 2003.

A Pentagon spokesman also denied that the CPA has provided inadequate financial controls.

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February 16th, 2005  
Darcia
 
Hmmm..Thats is very interesting to know.
February 16th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
"In a reply to the inspector general's report, former CPA head Paul Bremer said it was wrong to assume that "western-style budgeting and accounting procedures could be immediately and fully implemented in the midst of a war".

Bremer said there was no functioning Iraqi government and services were primitive or nonexistent when the authority took over in 2003.



That says it all for me.
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Boots
February 16th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
Come on Charge 7 lets not introduce logic into this. It was a perfectly good look how the US screwed up thread.

Before you started in. 8)