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08 July 2004

Easy Come - Easy Go

Congress originally authorized $18 billion for Reconstruction in Iraq. To date, it is estimated that only $2 billion has been spent. And most of that on "security." As in guards, security guards for American personnel in Iraq. The rest of the budget just waits. Mostly they're waiting for the shooting to stop.

Meanwhile, the US embassy in Iraq is quickly establishing a presence -- a huge presence. They're setting up a staff of 900 in the Royal Palace. This is the largest US embassy in the world.

And, yes, the budget to run the embassy comes out of the Reconstruction Budget.

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