Monday, October 10, 2005

This Is What We Do For Iraq

"BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq has issued arrest warrants against the defense minister and 27 other officials from the U.S.-backed government of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi over the alleged disappearance or misappropriation of $1 billion in military procurement funds, officials said Monday.

Those accused include four other ministers from Allawi's government, which was replaced by an elected Cabinet led by Shiite parties in April, said Ali al-Lami of Iraq's Integrity Commission. Many of the officials are believed to have left Iraq, including Hazem Shaalan, the former defense minister who moved to Jordan shortly after the new government was installed."

Now we know where some of that $8 billion reported lost went. This was the U.S. selected government, not the elected one. Looks like the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree afterall.

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