In Congress on Monday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich told it straight on the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan: billions of dollars "gone missing," as in stolen, by
warlords, drug lords, corrupt government officials "underwritten by the
lives of our troops." While people at home lose jobs, homes, savings,
schooling, pensions, hope.
"In a little more than a year the United States flew $12 billion in
cash to Iraq, much of it in $100 bills, shrink wrapped and loaded onto
pallets. Vanity Fair reported in 2004 that "at least $9 billion" of the
cash had "gone missing, unaccounted for." $9 billion. Today, we learned
that suitcases of $3 billion in cash have openly moved through the
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One U.S. official quoted by the Wall Street Journal said, "A lot of this
looks like our tax dollars being stolen." $3 billion. Consider this as
the American people sweat out an extension of unemployment
benefits. Last week, the BBC reported that "the US military has been
giving tens of millions of dollars to Afghan security firms who are
funneling the money to warlords." Add to that a corrupt Afghan
government underwritten by the lives of our troops. And now reports
indicate that Congress is preparing to attach $10 billion in state
education funding to a $33 billion spending bill to keep the war
going. Back home millions of Americans are out of work, losing their
homes, losing their savings, their pensions, and their retirement
security. We are losing our nation to lies about the necessity of war.
our troops home. End the war. Secure our economy."