George W. Bush

Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results – Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost.

In his final report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen‘s conclusion was all too clear: Since the invasion a decade ago this month, the U.S. has spent too much money in Iraq for too few results.

The reconstruction effort “grew to a size much larger than was ever anticipated,” Bowen told The Associated Press in a preview of his last audit of U.S. funds spent in Iraq, to be released Wednesday. “Not enough was accomplished for the size of the funds expended.”

In interviews with Bowen, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the U.S. funding “could have brought great change in Iraq” but fell short too often. “There was misspending of money,” said al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim whose sect makes up about 60 percent of Iraq’s population.

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Obama Gives Himself Secret Service Protection For the Rest of His Life | Black Blue Dog

President Obama signed a bill into law on Thursday that grants himself, living former presidents, and future ex-presidents Secret Service protection for life. This new law discontinues a 1990s bill that significantly limited Secret Service protection for U.S. presidents after they leave office.

via Obama Gives Himself Secret Service Protection For the Rest of His Life | Black Blue Dog.