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February 19, 2007

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T.S. Ellis III... clueless. Read some of his stuff here:

http://fas.org/sgp/jud/ (AIPAC case).

Infuriating! Thanks for the post.
Nan

It's disappointing to see this post perpetuate an idea that's too widespread already -- that the pallets of cash bricks flown in to Baghdad in summer 2003 were U.S. tax money. They were primarily the Iraqi peoples' money, the proceeds of the 'oil for food' program released to the CPA ostensibly to fund reconstruction.

There was also massive waste and fraud of U.S. tax money, after it was appropriated in the fall of 2003 (or early 2004?) -- the $20 billion for 'reconstruction' that was part of the famous $87 billion supplemental. But that money took a long time to be spent; late in 2004, only three or four billion of it had been put to use, and a quarter to third of that for security (private military).

But for the first nine or ten months of its existence, the CPA and the contractors who fed off it were throwing around the national resources of the Iraqi people -- the classic case of "other peoples' money".

Maybe the Waxman committee can put out some vivid charts and graphics. The scale and utter fecklessness of it, as Iraqis watched their power and water and streets fall deeper and deeper into ruin...

We have to answer to some court outside this country for the theft and destruction.

"[Custer Battles has] to answer to some court outside this country for the theft and destruction."

Then Custer Battles has little to fear. In what scenario would they find themselves obligated to answer to a forgein court? Certainly not in one where the expired provisional governent is found to be at fault for authorizing and overseeing Custer Battles' dubious activities. If the provisional authority in this and many other instances of egregious waste were found responsible, could they also conceivably be held to account? Which laws did they violate? Their own? Does the new Iraqi government have jurisdiction over crimes committed during the sovereignty of the provisional government? Does responsibility for legal action against the provisional government in fact fall upon the no-longer-extant provisional government?

I ask because this is an interesting problem. Quite very interesting - almost as if it were assiduously allowed to evolve.

When I say 'we' I don't mean Custer Battles. I mean the U.S. government, through the World Court. We stole Iraq's national wealth, and destroyed its economy and infrastructure.

Individual war criminals in our government, if we don't try them here, can be tried through the International Criminal Court. I'd hope we'd do the job ourselves, though.

For those who have satellite TV, the LinkTV channel will have a program on "Iraq's Missing Billions" on Saturday, March 3, covering both the oil money and the U.S. funds.

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