Where’s tea party’s outrage over billions that disappeared in Iraq?

Among the many reasons that I find it so difficult to take Republicans’ claims about being serious deficit hawks, ah, well, seriously is that they were such profligate spenders during the Bush years. The Iraq war wasn’t just a war of choice against people who didn’t attack us, but it was also a gigantically wasteful enterprise, wherein the Pentagon poured money out endlessly without any care for where it went. There were reports of huge bundles of cash disappearing in the night, with no idea who got it. It might have gone to our enemies.

Consider this story from the AP:

A U.S. audit has found that the Pentagon cannot account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraq reconstruction money, spotlighting Iraqi complaints that there is little to show for the massive funds pumped into their cash-strapped, war-ravaged nation.

The $8.7 billion in question was Iraqi money managed by the Pentagon, not part of the $53 billion that Congress has allocated for rebuilding. It’s cash that Iraq, which relies on volatile oil revenues to fuel its spending, can ill afford to lose.

“Iraq should take legal action to get back this huge amount of money,” said Sabah al-Saedi, chairman of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee. The money “should be spent for rebuilding the country and providing services for this poor nation.”

The report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction accused the Defense Department of lax oversight and weak controls, though not fraud.

I’m betting that you haven’t heard much about that report. Now try to imagine if the same $8.7 billion had been given to a group or program that served the poor and had been similarly squandered. Can you imagine the reaction from Fox News? John Boehner?

185 comments Add your comment

Auburn fan

July 28th, 2010
12:14 pm

I think you could consider me a Tea Party guy and I do think that money was wasted in some ways since we did not find WMD. I do think ousting Saddam was a good thing but not sure if we helped ourselves as much as we thought we did. I have to remind you CT that the Democrats were on board for Iraq. Yes it was a Bush lead charge but he had UN and US support.

Kamchak

July 28th, 2010
12:14 pm

Can you imagine the reaction from Fox News? John Boehner?

Yes.

Granny Godzilla

July 28th, 2010
12:20 pm

Maybe they’ll phone it in….

Auburn Fan

I’ll remind you the Democrats were lied to also…..that whole mushroom cloud and cartoon mobile weapons lab stuff. I will also remind you that
they did not get the same intelligence the former President did. I will also remind you this is not the first pile of billions that have gone missing.

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

July 28th, 2010
12:21 pm

Cynthia lets me and you get us a bundle of said cash and blow this popsicle stand. (And yes that includes the daughter).

Granny Godzilla

July 28th, 2010
12:24 pm

neo-Carlinist

July 28th, 2010
12:24 pm

we don’t need no stinkin’ audits… the billions did not “disappear”. the billions were stolen. it’s called “theft”. as a neo-Carlinist (always amused by euphemisms and misappropriations of language), I love the very term “deficit hawk”. it suggests that hawks (people who LOVE to spend money on wars because their cronies BENEFIT from wars) care about “deficits”. the term deficit hawk is like some clown’s balloon animal. and if deficit hawks do exist, where are the deficit doves, and what is their goal?

Both sides of the coin

July 28th, 2010
12:31 pm

Why do we think of a “left” and a “right” considering, when it comes down to mismanagement, corruption, and lack of integrity in the name of political gain, both sides are essentially the same?

jconservative

July 28th, 2010
12:35 pm

The first mistake was giving the Pentagon control over spending money. They have a 60 year record of being lousy guardians of the public’s money.

The second mistake was falling for the Pentagon line that that they should be heading the rebuilding effort as that would help them build rapport with the Iraqi populace.

P/S – we are repeating the same error in Afghanistan.

Where is the Tea Party? I do not know. I have been writing e-mails to congress for 5 years on the subject.

Granny Godzilla

July 28th, 2010
12:36 pm

Both sides of the coin

“both sides are essentially the same”

That’s what the guy who gets caught with his pants down always says.

Both sides of the coin

July 28th, 2010
12:40 pm

Granny there may be a difference in philosophy, but do you really see a difference in integrity based on the way both sides of the aisle operate?

Tech Man

July 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

False premise. Who said Tea Party backers don’t want accountability?
CT – have the AP write me. I, for one, will give them an Op-Ed.

Michael

July 28th, 2010
12:45 pm

Where’s the outrage? Here it is… I’m outraged by the billions squandered by the Pentagon, The ‘tea party’ folks I know are outraged by taxes and government spending, whether it’s spending on social welfare ‘entitlements’ or corporate welfare ‘entitlements’ spent on unwanted military equipment.

Both sides of the coin

July 28th, 2010
12:45 pm

Where is the tea party hiding? Probably the same place Cynthia goes to hide when Pelosi rings up a $100,000 bar tab on the government dime.

Bubba Bob

July 28th, 2010
12:46 pm

I’m upset about it. I was against the Iraq War from day one anyway so to me it’s all be a waste.

Flip it around….where’s the liberal outrage at all the money wasted in the entitlement programs? Don’t hear much about it. Annual Medicare Fraud: $60 Billion; Annual Profits of Top Ten Insurance Companies: $8 billion. Let’s not let that stand in the way of pushing the agenda.

Tech Man

July 28th, 2010
12:46 pm

Granny Godzilla

July 28th, 2010
12:24 pm

Sounds like they were trying to duplicate Chicago Democratic “walking around money” to get out the Democratic vote. Just thought I would inject a little humor.

sawboy

July 28th, 2010
12:46 pm

Where is the outrage from the demo side? Why don’t you mention them, if I am not mistaken there were no TP people in congress at that time.
Why not do as they say on TV all the time “follow the money”, you might be surprised where it leads, that is of course if you want to take that risk……………
No matter what trash you spew, the demos are going down in November.

Lil' Barry Bailout

July 28th, 2010
12:47 pm

Heckuva job with that deficit, Idiot Messiah. From the Democrats own CBO:

Further increases in federal debt relative to the nation’s
output (gross domestic product, or GDP) almost certainly
lie ahead if current policies remain in place. The
aging of the population and rising costs for health care
will push federal spending, measured as a percentage of
GDP, well above the levels experienced in recent decades.
Unless policymakers restrain the growth of spending,
increase revenues significantly as a share of GDP, or adopt
some combination of those two approaches, growing
budget deficits will cause debt to rise to unsupportable
levels.

The CBO isn’t talking about our President Bush–they’re talking about current policies and the Idiot Messiah.

Tech Man

July 28th, 2010
12:48 pm

Hey gobal warming increases approximate the ramp up of C-Span channels on cable.

We may have discovered the cause of the massive hot air release.

Both sides of the coin

July 28th, 2010
12:48 pm

Did Cynthia try to contact even a single tea party spokesperson for comment?

cgatlanta

July 28th, 2010
12:50 pm

CT, I don’t really see your point. I think that the true “Tea Party” folks would be upset by this wasteful spending (with no accountablility). Do you have a quote from a Tea Party offical defending this situation?

Lil' Barry Bailout

July 28th, 2010
12:51 pm

Uh, neo-Carlinist, we love you but “deficit hawk” does not refer to someone who is a military hawk. It refers to someone who wants to wage war on the deficit.

And we sure could use some deficit hawks in this day of Obama’s trillion-dollar-plus annual deficits.

Soames

July 28th, 2010
12:51 pm

Tea Partiers are jsut as jilted as neocons and ultralibs. Does anyone think Iraqi citizens preferred being ruled by a tyrant, which the US of A put in place? I don’t necessarily agree with the war and I could give a crap about the WMD scandals/lies etc but for all of you peace loving, feel good ultra libs can you tell me why you think we should give up everything to save the planet but not take responsiblity for installing a crazy dictator in Iraq?

I personally believe we should quit meddling in everyone’s affairs but in this global economy, we have to protect our interests…including oil. We won’t be kicking the fossil fuel habit within my lifetime.

War for oil…sure. Just about everything you own is made with oil or oil brought it here from China.

Bubba Bob

July 28th, 2010
12:52 pm

@Cynthia,

This definitely seems like a fail. Don’t see many of us on the conservative side defending this waste. I think the DoD could use a budget cut, too.

So, where’s your outrage against wasteful entitlements spending? I’d like to know that you are truly intellectually honest, so, what are the largest areas of waste that the left loves the best?

Tommy Maddox

July 28th, 2010
12:52 pm

“Now try to imagine if the same $8.7 billion had been given to a group or program that served the poor and had been similarly squandered.”

OK, let’s start with Medicaid.

Peadawg

July 28th, 2010
12:52 pm

“where’s the liberal outrage at all the money wasted in the entitlement programs?”

They’re Democrats. They love to spend. It’s what they do best, along with tax tax tax.

Geez

July 28th, 2010
12:53 pm

Cynthia, do you ever right anything positive. Just looking at the last 4 blogs you have written and all they do is bash the GOP. Even if you decide to write a positive article about the left, just give us something upbeat. Your schtick is getting old

Lil' Barry Bailout

July 28th, 2010
12:53 pm

CT: Where’s tea party’s outrage over billions that disappeared in Iraq?
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Maybe they’re less focused on blaming others and rehashing the past than in doing something positive moving forward. This is just another libtard red herring meant to distract from the Idiot Messiah’s failures and inability to reduce unemployment or do anything about his deficit.

Tommy Maddox

July 28th, 2010
12:54 pm

CT – all this chest beating is not going to save your party in November. You might as well try to kick-start a tree stump.

Both sides of the coin

July 28th, 2010
12:54 pm

Of course cynthia can’t produce a single quote from a tea party activist that even remotely begins to make excuses for the wasted billions.

Bubba Bob

July 28th, 2010
12:55 pm

@Cynthia,

I think it’s time you bashed the left for a while. Even though you are an opinion writer, it’s very dishonest to only bash the side you oppose.

Tech Man

July 28th, 2010
12:58 pm

I notice CT hasn’t mention O’Reilly coming to the defense of Obama concerning BP on Leno last night. I guess because he also defended Bush on Katrina.

Peadawg

July 28th, 2010
12:59 pm

Bubba Bob, the left can do no wrong according to Cynthia.

Sick&Tired

July 28th, 2010
1:02 pm

Apparently Republicans and Tea Party supporters like to spend, spend and spend without anything to actually show for it.

I’m sure there is more to come on wasted taxpayer money from 2002 – 2009.

Josh

July 28th, 2010
1:06 pm

Lets see. Today is Tuesday, July 28th, 2010 and this broke to the media on Tuesday, July 28th, 2010 and Cynthia’s headline says, “Where’s tea party’s outrage over billions that disappeared in Iraq?”

Got a feeling up my leg that Cynthia is trying like always to keep the spotlight of Obama and on Bush. Am I upset over this? Yes. But I list several articles where Obama and his administration do not know where billions went either when they gave out our money. Its a government problem that AMERICANS should be outraged over not just a specific group. But, Cynthia is in the dividing America business.

Sick&Tired

July 28th, 2010
1:06 pm

We want to hear and see the outrage of the Tea Party regarding the wasted money. Are they so concerned that they are willing to track down the culprit(s) and get it back? We demand action today. :)

Josh

July 28th, 2010
1:07 pm

Lets see. Today is Tuesday, July 28th, 2010 and this broke to the media on Tuesday, July 28th, 2010 and Cynthia’s headline says, “Where’s tea party’s outrage over billions that disappeared in Iraq?”

Got a feeling up my leg that Cynthia is trying like always to keep the spotlight off Obama and on Bush. Am I upset over this? Yes. But, I can list several articles where Obama and his administration do not know where billions went either when they gave out our money. Its a government problem that AMERICANS should be outraged over not just a specific group. But, Cynthia is in the dividing America business and believes Obama can do no wrong.

Both sides of the coin

July 28th, 2010
1:08 pm

cynthia is intellectually dishonest, pure and simple. So is Wingfield. It’s their job, after all to fan partisan flames to drive readership numbers up.

Bubba Bob

July 28th, 2010
1:08 pm

Sick&Tired,

I agree. The Tea Party should do the government’s job for them because they are not doing it.

Will you agree to track down the $60 billion in Medicare fraud from just last year?

A Lumpkin Resident

July 28th, 2010
1:09 pm

I’m not sure what you want here, Cynthia. When 8 billion goes lost here and 30 billion gets wasted there, are Tea Party activists supposed to hold a press conference to show their outrage every time?

Both sides of the coin

July 28th, 2010
1:12 pm

Looks like Granny was reflexively ready to defend cynthia from a right wing attack, but when it was postulated that both sides of the coin are equally culpable, it seems to have completely flummoxed Granny.

Josh

July 28th, 2010
1:13 pm

This is a side note that has nothing to do with last comment but I wonder if Cynthia can get enough courage to debate Alveda King? Alveda would tear Cynthia up. I would pay to get front row seats to see it. Charity fundraiser anybody?

pat

July 28th, 2010
1:15 pm

Uh, considering the story just came out….Where did you read that conservatives are happy that billions are wasted? Can you link to that story because I want to know. Well?

GMC47

July 28th, 2010
1:16 pm

Any time the repubs have control, they drain the country of its resources – money. The money is in the pockets of bush and cheney cronies. If the deficit does not get under control, the repubs once back in control will not have anything to squander – let them see how it feels to be left with a deficit.

cgatlanta

July 28th, 2010
1:19 pm

Hey CT, Boortz has a link to the yahoo news article on this issue. He doesn’t comment on it, but it doesn’t look like he’s ducking the situation. He may not be a Tea Partyer, but he is a Right Wing lunatic; right?

Josh

July 28th, 2010
1:19 pm

GMC47, when are you going to drop drinking the Obamaaide? Have you not read that Obama has spent more in his first year towards the deficit than Bush did in his 8 years?

cgatlanta

July 28th, 2010
1:24 pm

Hey CT, this is from the WSJ. So are you upset because they’er Tea Partyer’s or because most are white males? Seriously…

It seems every election finds political pundits trying to come up with a shorthand description for the latest bloc of voters to exercise undue influence in the current year’s races.

In 2000, “soccer moms” were the group du jour, and enough of them were disgusted with the Clinton scandals that they cost Al Gore the White House. In 2004, it was “security moms,” who in a post-9/11 world were concerned about terrorism and the safety of their children. In 2008, a video featuring “Obama Girl” captured the enthusiasm the Democratic candidate generated among young voters.

William McGurn discusses the Democrats’ novel strategy for the fall elections.
.This year, the hands-down winner for the key voting bloc might be called “Tea Party Supporter.” Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm, reports a major reason Republicans are poised to make major gains this year is that they “are cleaning up with a voting bloc that accounts for 26% of the country and could end up being the most important group of people at the polls this fall: voters who hate both congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans.”

While these voters, who are mostly white and mostly male, harbor no loyalty to either party, this year they are much more upset with the Democrats who hold power in the White House and Congress. “The GOP has a 57-19 generic lead with this group of voters that could perhaps be described as the angriest segment of the electorate,” reports PPP. “Their support is fueling the GOP’s success right now.”

The party-affiliation breakdown of the “pox on all politicians” segment is fascinating. Only 44% are Republicans, while 34% are independents and 21% are Democrats. That breakdown roughly mirrors the profile of people who in other polls identify themselves as Tea Party supporters. Interestingly, however, PPP finds that only about 35% of the “angriest segment” actually call themselves Tea Partiers. That’s compared to about 25% of voters in the electorate as a whole who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters

GMC47

July 28th, 2010
1:27 pm

Pat,

Are you a Tea Bagger?

Cisco Kid wuz a Friend of mine

July 28th, 2010
1:27 pm

The silence from the tea party is deafening because they can’t blame it on President Obama. These are the same people that have extreme difficulty coming up with accounting for their lack of a response when Bush II was in charge.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

July 28th, 2010
1:31 pm

Rational people are not necessarily “outraged” when freedom progresses from an endeavor. Rational people are outraged when money is totally wasted on a faux-stimulus.

Bubba Bob

July 28th, 2010
1:33 pm

So here’s the latest from Maxine Waters:
Waters offered a solution: “We’ve got to say to folks in leadership whether it’s the White House or anywhere else, don’t be so afraid of white folks that you treat black people bad. Don’t be so afraid that somebody thinks that you’re going help black people too much.”
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Who’s on the left will stand up to this? I’m white and she’s saying that the fear of people like me causes mistreatment of black people. That’s very offensive.

Cynthia, I await your proper response.