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Stuart Bowen

Do We Need an Office of Contingency Operations for Future Reconstruction?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The oft-repeated pop psychology definition of mental illness -- doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results -- pretty much sums up America's limp efforts at reconstruction, nation building, hearts and minds, counterinsurgency, whatever tag you choose.

David Wood

Iraq Reconsruction Cost U.S. Taxpayers $60 Billion, Left Behind Corruption And Waste

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In nine years of war in Iraq, 4,448 Americans died and 32,221 were wounded in battle, leaving behind a deeply divided country steeped in...

U.S. Wasted Billions Rebuilding Iraq

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.05.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether ...

Up To $8 Billion Wasted In Rebuilding Iraq

Center For Public Integrity/NBC News | Zach Toombs | Posted 07.18.2012 | World

The official in charge of monitoring America’s $51 billion effort to reconstruct Iraq has estimated that $6 billion to $8 billion of that amount was...

Billions Of Lost Iraq Cash Finally Accounted For

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

As the decade-long Iraq conflict finally comes to close, so too does the mystery of a stockpile of American cash worth billions lost during the war. ...

Amanda Terkel

Embattled Afghan Watchdog Resigns As Calls For Oversight Grow

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arnold Fields, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, stepped down Monday amid widespread congressional dissatisf...

U.S. Leaving Billions In 'Legacy Of Waste' In Iraq, Special Inspector General Says

Los Angeles Times | Liz Sly, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Khan Bani Saad, Iraq -- The shell of a prison that will never be used rises from the desert on the edge of this dusty town north of Baghdad, a hulking...

Iraq Corruption: 50 New Fraud Investigations Involving Americans In $150 Billion Program

New York Times | JAMES GLANZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Investigators looking into corruption involving reconstruction in Iraq say they have opened more than 50 new cases in six months by scrutinizing large...

Waste, Fraud In Iraq Being Repeated In Afghanistan

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Waste and corruption that marred Iraq's reconstruction will be repeated in Afghanistan unless the U.S. transforms the unwieldy bure...

My 2008 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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Chris Weigant

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin for the Republican ticket this year was without any doubt the boldest political tactic of the year.

War Crimes and Incompetence -- the Real Shoes Thrown at Bush

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week the Senate Armed Services Committee released a report which basically called Bush and his entire National Security Council war criminals.

Over $4 Billion Wasted In Iraq Reconstruction, Government Inspector Estimates

AP | BRIAN MURPHY and PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — In the flatlands north of Baghdad sits a prison with no prisoners. It holds something else: a chronicle of U.S. government waste, misg...

Staff Alleges Abuse By Top Iraq Auditor

Washington Post | Robin Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Federal investigators called at least nine current and former employees of the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction before ...