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    Iraq has budget surplus, US has deficit, WTF!!!!

    [B]ANOTHER REASON WE SHOULD GET OUT OF IRAQ, LOOKS LIKE IRAQ IS JUST A MOOCHER[/B]


    [url]http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080311/ap_on_go_co/us_iraq[/url]

    WASHINGTON - Iraq isn't spending much of its own money, despite soaring oil revenues that are pushing the country toward a massive budget surplus, auditors told Congress on Tuesday.

    The expected surplus comes as the U.S. continues to invest billions of dollars in rebuilding Iraq and faces a financial squeeze domestically because of record oil prices.

    "The Iraqis have a budget surplus," said U.S. Comptroller General David Walker. "We have a huge budget deficit. . . . One of the questions is who should be paying."

    Walker and the other auditors did not give a figure as to the likely surplus. U.S. officials contend that Iraq's lack of spending is due primarily to Baghdad's inability to determine where its money is needed most and how to allocate it efficiently. Two senators have called for an investigation into the matter.

    Democrats say the assessment is proof that the Iraq war as a waste of time and money. The U.S. has spent more than $45 billion on rebuilding Iraq. And while officials in Iraq contend that much progress is being made, many projects remain unfinished and U.S. troops are still needed to provide security.

    "They ought to be able to use some of their oil to pay for their own costs and not keep sending the bill to the United States," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

    In recent months, Iraq experienced its highest oil production and export levels since the war began five years ago, said Stuart Bowen, special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.

    That spike in revenue combined with the highest oil prices in history, "coalesce into an enormous revenue windfall for the Iraqi government," Bowen told the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    Whereas Iraqi officials estimated $35 billion in oil revenues last fall, Bowen said the final number is likely to be closer to $60 billion.

    "That certainly gives them resources to carry forward with an extensive reconstruction plan," Bowen said.

    But according to other U.S. officials, a major problem is that Iraq does not have the capacity to allocate the money without it being wasted or pocketed by corrupt officials.

    "I think they are beginning to do more," particularly in improving its military and buying new weapon systems, said Claude Kicklighter, the Pentagon's inspector general. "And I think that's certainly the trend that we should be following."

    The Government Accountability Office estimates that the U.S. has designated $6 billion to rebuild Iraq's energy sector and $300 million to develop Iraq's government ministries. But GAO contends that the U.S. doesn't have a strategic plan on how to accomplish either goal.

    The State Department told investigators it believes the Iraqis should be responsible for devising such a plan. GAO disagreed.

    "In our view, it's a shared responsibility. U.S. taxpayer money is involved," Walker said.

    Last week, Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John Warner, R-Va., asked GAO to investigate what Iraq is doing with its oil revenue. The senators estimated that Iraq will realize "at least $100 billion in oil revenues in 2007 and 2008."

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    haha I read this this morning and couldnt believe it

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    [QUOTE=JetsWI;2427071]haha I read this this morning and couldnt believe it[/QUOTE]

    why does this make you happy.

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    I kind of wish we were the imperalists that people like JetsWi imagine us to be.

    That way we could've just confiscated those oil fields and made Iraq the 51st state. rename it New Texas something
    Last edited by CTM; 03-11-2008 at 06:46 PM.

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    [QUOTE=CTM;2427084]I kind of wish we were the imperalists that people like JetsWi imagine us to be.

    That way we could've just confiscated those oil fields and made Iraq the 51st state. rename it New Texas something[/QUOTE]

    Why stop there? $50 flights between Baghdad and New York. Sure to be popular for those eyeing a romantic getaway for a weekend or so - the fireworks display on New Years is the best on the planet Earth.

    Baghdad could have one of the expansion teams when the NFL shifts to 34 teams. The Baghdad Bombers.

    Those Americans who have sand-hunting as their hobby will love the place.

    Etc.

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    [QUOTE=Black Death;2427109]Why stop there? $50 flights between Baghdad and New York. Sure to be popular for those eyeing a romantic getaway for a weekend or so - the fireworks display on New Years is the best on the planet Earth.

    Baghdad could have one of the expansion teams when the NFL shifts to 34 teams. The Baghdad Bombers.

    Those Americans who have sand-hunting as their hobby will love the place.

    Etc.[/QUOTE]

    Now you're thinking... :yes:

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    [QUOTE=CTM;2427126]Now you're thinking... :yes:[/QUOTE]

    ;)

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    [QUOTE=sect112row36;2427082]why does this make you happy.[/QUOTE]

    it doesnt make me happy it is sad, the politicians(mainly Republican) have control of this country and there is nothing I can do

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    [QUOTE=JetsWI;2427162]it doesnt make me happy it is sad, the politicians(mainly Republican) have control of this country and there is nothing I can do[/QUOTE]

    Being a sook about it isn't going to help things.

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    [QUOTE=JetsWI;2427162]it doesnt make me happy it is sad, the politicians(mainly Republican) have control of this country and there is nothing I can do[/QUOTE]

    The Democrats control Congress, they were elected to stop the war in Iraq... weren't they? I seem to remember that as a big selling point for voters in 2006.

    You know why you're a moron? Because you think everything is cut and dry, black and white, right and left, Republican and Democrat.

    THEY ARE ALL THE SAME.

    ALL THE SAME.

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    [QUOTE=pauliec;2427256]THEY ARE ALL THE SAME.

    ALL THE SAME.[/QUOTE]

    Whatever you say, Mr. Kennedy McTerroristComforter...;)

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