03/28/2008 02:43 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gov Report: $25B Iraq Rebuilding A Disaster: Gross Under-staffing, Lack Of Technical Expertise, Infighting...

The first official history of the $25 billion American reconstruction effort in Iraq depicts a program hobbled from the outset by gross understaffing, a lack of technical expertise, bureaucratic infighting, secrecy and constantly increasing security costs, according to a preliminary draft.

The document, which begins with the secret prewar planning for reconstruction and touches on nearly every phase of the program through 2005, was assembled by the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction and debated last month in a closed forum by roughly two dozen experts from outside the office.

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