They Can Make Money Disappear
by Donald K. Sanders
Recently it has come to light that over $6.6 billion may have been stolen from Iraq and the United States. Special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, Stuart Bowen said in a statement to the New York Times that the missing money represents “the largest theft of funds in national history.”
This has its good side and its bad side. The good part is that the $6.6 billion was not ours, it belonged to Iraq. The bad side is that the United States was in charge of this money when it went missing. Iraq has now filed suit saying that they want their money back.
The United States is playing dumb. That’s exactly what I would do. I’d raise my shoulders with my hands held open and say, “I don’t know where it is.”
Then I would turn and try to walk away, when I got around a corner, I would run away, dodging behind corners or autos, anything.
No one, I mean no one, seems to know where the money went. I, with my superior brainpower will solve this mystery, and I will do so before this column ends. I am the all-knowing, all-seeing Donald. You can call me AKAS DONALD or simply BOGWAN DON. Lets follow the money trail.
Twelve billion dollars was flown into Iraq in 21 separate C-130 aircraft on May 24, 2004.
The transfer was authorized by then President, George W. Bush. Imagine if you will 21 C-130 military aircraft, jam-packed with neat little bundles of $100 dollar bills.
There was so much money in each aircraft that the crew could not move from the forward area of the aircraft to the rear. The cash, on pallets wrapped in clear plastic had to look appetizing. The mere sight of it would make me slobber all over my shirt.
Upon arrival in Iraq, there were 21 pallets missing. An anonymous aircraft crew chief reported the missing pallets in writing to his Commanding Officer. The crew chief and the report have not been seen since.
Now we have the money in Iraq. I need to give you a little background about the situation in Iraq before I tell you where the money went.
Trade sanctions against Iraq were imposed by the UN Security Council with Resolution 661 dated Aug. 6, 1990, following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. The sanctions effectively blocked all imports and exports to and from Iraq. The resolution gave the Security Council total control over every important facet of Iraqi society.
Iraq was already destitute, and near famine-like conditions existed in every home. Death swiftly took the weakest, the elderly, and the very young. Bridges, factories, power plants, water treatment facilities, and medical facilities had been bombed out of existence. One out of every five Iraqi men never made it home after the invasion of Kuwait.
The U.S.-led occupation authority literally had control over everything, including the life and death of the Iraqi people. In a merciful action, the UN Security Council implemented the Oil for Food program designed primarily to relieve the lack of food and potable water.
OK, so now we’re trading oil for food, right? Well not really. The United States and the UK blocked all imports, stating that no shortage of food and water existed until famine conditions set in. Food imports were blocked for three long months as a result.
Without electricity to run water and sewage treatment plants, there was an immediate and massive increase in water-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. These have particularly harsh impacts on infants and young children. Without adequate water treatment, child mortality skyrocketed immediately, child mortality increased by approximately 250 percent in 60 days.
With the sanctions already imposed, the United States and the United Kingdom could effectively block any further actions through the use of their UN veto power. Months before the first shipments of food and water supplies arrived in Iraq, hundreds upon hundreds of ships loaded with Iraqi oil left port for unknown, secret places.
Each oil tanker received a voucher from a single control agent that allowed them to leave port full to the brim with Iraqi oil. An investigation reported that one single agent inspected and released vouchers at an impossible rate that could not be humanly done.
There was no record of any measuring devices designed to regulate how much oil was taken. An estimate of $100 billion worth of oil was taken with only a modest amount of food relief distributed to the Iraqi masses. That is the situation.
Back to the mountain of cash. The cash was stacked from ceiling to floor in rooms all over Bagdad. US and UK personnel could sign a voucher and withdraw truckloads of hundred dollar bills at a time with a single signature. No credible record has ever been found concerning where and how the cash was distributed. In essence it was simply given away to anyone who would sign for it.
If you can remember, at the beginning of the invasion of Iraq in March of 2003, truckloads and truckloads of packaged $100 bills were found. News reports showed us rooms full of neat little bundles of cash all over Iraq.
I am amazed and confused by the fact that so much corruption and so much greed was not dealt with by anyone even though it was openly visible to everyone. Ultimately, the buck should have stopped at the Bush Administration. Oh, I’m sorry, it was Bush and his goons that took all of the oil.
At one time, Halliburton, of which Cheney owns a sizeable portion, came under fire for stealing oil so 200,000 AK-47s were passed out to its own little army and that was the end of that. No one knows where the arms are now and no one seems to care.
From the top to the bottom of the political ladder, there has never been one person held accountable for any action concerning this theft of billions upon billions upon billions of dollars. There never will be.
You know why? Those in power today are above the law. They own it. Look at these jerks on the congressional committee that is currently investigating this whole mess. They will make millions of dollars of US tax revenue simply disappear, and disappear it will.
In truth, this whole matter has already been investigated and the published results are stated in the “Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs 2006/ Copyright Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs 2006.” I knew all about this years ago, but that’s because I’m so smart.