Am I the only one in this nation that knows or remembers that the George W Bush administration flew billions of dollars into Iraq, around the time of the "mission accomplished"?
Special flights brought in tonnes of banknotes which disappeared into the war zone
The US flew nearly $12bn in shrink-wrapped $100 bills into Iraq, then distributed the cash with no proper control over who was receiving it and how it was being spent.
The staggering scale of the biggest transfer of cash in the history of the Federal Reserve has been graphically laid bare by a US congressional committee.
In the year after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 nearly 281 million notes, weighing 363 tonnes, were sent from New York to Baghdad for disbursement to Iraqi ministries and US contractors. Using C-130 planes, the deliveries took place once or twice a month with the biggest of $2,401,600,000 on June 22 2004, six days before the handover.
Details of the shipments have emerged in a memorandum prepared for the meeting of the House committee on oversight and government reform which is examining Iraqi reconstruction. Its chairman, Henry Waxman, a fierce critic of the war, said the way the cash had been handled was mind-boggling. "The numbers are so large that it doesn't seem possible that they're true. Who in their right mind would send 363 tonnes of cash into a war zone?"
The memorandum details the casual manner in which the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority disbursed the money, which came from Iraqi oil sales, surplus funds from the UN oil-for-food programme and seized Iraqi assets.
"One CPA official described an environment awash in $100 bills," the memorandum says. "One contractor received a $2m payment in a duffel bag stuffed with shrink-wrapped bundles of currency. Auditors discovered that the key to a vault was kept in an unsecured backpack.
"They also found that $774,300 in cash had been stolen from one division's vault. Cash payments were made from the back of a pickup truck, and cash was stored in unguarded sacks in Iraqi ministry offices. One official was given $6.75m in cash, and was ordered to spend it in one week before the interim Iraqi government took control of Iraqi funds."
Can you even begin to imagine the uproar if current President Obama even thought of such a thing, let lone did it?
Then, not to be done there, that previous Republican, supposed Capitalist-loving president also made competition illegal? Oh, yes he did.
Administration Opposes Democrats’ Plan for Negotiating Medicare Drug Prices
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 — The Bush administration said on Sunday that it would strenuously oppose one of the Democrats’ top priorities for the new Congress: legislation authorizing the government to negotiate with drug companies to secure lower drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries....
“The government negotiates big discounts for the prices of drugs for our veterans,” said Senator-elect of Minnesota. “But the drug companies got Congress to make it illegal to negotiate for lower prices under Medicare.”
So I ask you----am I the only one that remembers these things? These outrageious things? If a Democrat did either of these, he'd be figuratively crucified upon an alter of wrongness and unfairness and--in the case of flying planeloads of American cash from our own Federal Reserve into a war zone, only to be handed out--and then promptly impeached.
You have to hand it to Dubya'. All this and torture and war crimes, too.
And he got away with it all.