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May 23, 2006

Corruption In Iraq

-- by Dave Johnson

Through Juan Cole, this LA Times story, In Corruption, New Government of Iraq Faces a Tough Old Foe,

Iraqi government documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times reveal the breadth of corruption, including epic schemes involving hundreds of millions of dollars in government contracts, as well as smaller-scale cases such as the purchase of better grades by university students and the distribution of U.S.-issue pistols as party favors by a former Justice Ministry official.

"We are seeing corruption everywhere in Iraq — in every ministry, in every governorate," said Judge Radhi Radhi, head of the Commission on Public Integrity, Iraq's anti-corruption agency.

But what kind of system would we EXPECT Bush and the Republican Culture of Corruption to set up - an honest one? HA!

If you are an American soldier, you can thank the Republican Culture of Corruption for this:

Corruption helps fuel the insurgency too, Radhi said. "The terrorists help the criminals, and the criminals help the terrorists," he said. "Without corruption, we would have been able to defeat the terrorists by now."

Posted by Dave Johnson at May 23, 2006 8:25 AM

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