What we die for

Ah, liberty.

Iraq has issued arrest warrants against the defense minister and 27 other officials from the U.S.-backed government of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi over the alleged disappearance or misappropriation of $1 billion in military procurement funds, officials said Monday.

Those accused include four other ministers from Allawi’s government, which was replaced by an elected Cabinet led by Shiite parties in April, said Ali al-Lami of Iraq’s Integrity Commission. Many of the officials are believed to have left Iraq, including Hazem Shaalan, the former defense minister who moved to Jordan shortly after the new government was installed.

As we say, your tax dollars at worth. Looking at the Delay and Abrahmoff indictments, I have to conclude we can’t really blame these Iraqi officials, who are simply following in the footsteps of their freedom-loving mentors. One aspect of freedom is, perhaps, the freedom to get rich at the expense of others, to see what you want and then take it regardless of the consequences. Give them credit for being fast learners.

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Richard- Keep your eyes posted southward to Basra and the hell of a time the Brits are having. The governor has told his police officials to have NOTHING to do with the UK forces after they unceremoniously sent a tank through the wall of a prison. They’ve since arrested 12 this past week, one of whom was a policeman they themselves trained. In fact, the British have said they can only trust the loyalty of maybe 20% of all Iraqi officials.

October 10, 2005 @ 6:56 pm | Comment

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