For years, the media has reported billions of dollars stolen or missing in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Karzai family in particular has been singled out in allegations of such pilfering as well as an array of other crimes such as drug dealing. Now, auditors have found that $6.6 billion has simply disappeared — cash sent by the plane load to Iraq.
While congressional leadership is rolling back on essential programs (and even terminating the 200-year-old page program to save just $5 million), they are doing little on the billions that have been stolen by our allies — or ending the three unpopular wars.
In the latest scandal, a giant C-130 Hercules cargo plane brought $2.4 billion in shrink-wrapped bricks of $100 bills “followed by 20 other flights to Iraq by May 2004 in a $12-billion haul that U.S. officials believe to be the biggest international cash airlift of all time.”
The money simply vanished in that Bermuda Triangle of corruption Baghdad-Kabul-Washington. What is astonishing is that there is no indication of a single person fired or disciplined for the loss of the money or lack of record keeping.
Source: LA Times