The billions of dollars wasted in Iraq
As the United States prepares to expand its reconstruction and development programs in Afghanistan and into Pakistan, we turn now to an unpublished federal report that describes the US reconstruction effort in Iraq as a $100 billion dollar failure.
The report titled “Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience” was compiled by the congressionally- mandated Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. The New York Times and the investigative website ProPublica obtained copies of the draft report and published it Sunday.
The report asserts that the United States invaded Iraq without a clear plan for reconstruction and that over five years and $117 billion dollars later, the final success of the rebuilding project QUOTE “remains in doubt.” It found that the rebuilding has not done much more than restore what was destroyed during the invasion and the looting that followed.
T. Christian Miller is a reporter with the online investigative journalism project ProPublica. He”s read the 513-page report and wrote about it with the New York Times” James Glanz. Miller is also the author of “Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives and Corporate Greed in Iraq.”