Report finds "waste" in Iraqi police training
An Iraq Police officer searches a car at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq.
July 30th, 2012
05:49 PM ET

Report finds "waste" in Iraqi police training

By Jamie Crawford

A U.S. government watchdog says more than $200 million was wasted on a program to train the Iraqi police force, with security concerns and a lack of interest by the Iraqi government the main culprits for the program's shortcomings.

In an audit released Monday by the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, or SIGIR, auditors also said the Police Development Program faced challenges at the outset due to the lack of an assessment of Iraqi police force capabilities, and of a written commitment from the Iraqi government for the program to move forward.

Stuart W. Bowen Jr., who as inspector general leads the SIGIR office, signed the report that was sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.

The purpose of the program is to help Iraqi police services develop the capabilities needed to lead, manage and sustain internal security and the rule of law. The State Department is hoping to reach those goals by 2016.

A major cornerstone of the program was to be frequent and regular contact between U.S. advisers and Iraqi government officials. But the withdrawal of U.S. forces removed a "security blanket" allowing advisers to travel freely around Iraq, the report says. It remains unsafe for Police Development Program advisers to travel to training facilities on a regular basis.

The program was transferred to Pentagon oversight from the State Department in 2004 due to the deteriorating security conditions in the country at the time. The State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs resumed oversight in October of last year, just before all U.S. forces pulled out of the country in December.

Analysts who have read the report say it blames some of the program's shortcomings on the dangerous security situation between 2004 and 2008 in Iraq.

"Security was the buzz word, security is what got programs funded, and security was going to be what let us leave Iraq" with a fully functioning Iraqi police force left behind, Stephanie Sanok with the Center for Strategic and International Studies told CNN.

The United States has spent about $8 billion to train, staff and equip police forces since 2003, the report says

The United States was forced to close a training and housing facility in Baghdad just months after the police training program began because of security concerns and program revisions. The cost for the facility was estimated at $108 million. The report refers to the expenditure as "de facto waste." In addition, it says a separate training facility in the southern city of Basra, costing an additional $98 million in State Department funds, will not be used. The Iraqi government decided to terminate training at the facility.

"An overarching question is why expensive construction was initiated at both of these facilities without a formal programmatic agreement in place at the time construction began," auditors wrote in the report

The report also highlights a "lukewarm" reception to the program by the Iraqi government.

"In May 2012, the deputy minister of the interior told SIGIR that the (Police Development Program) was 'useless' and that the (Iraqi government) did not need the large numbers of PDP advisors currently in-country," the auditors wrote. "He also indicated that Iraqi police officers had expressed their opinion that the training received to date was not beneficial."

"It really was misstep after misstep, (the United States) didn't actively engage the Iraqis then," said Sanock, who worked in the embassy in 2008 and 2009. "When governments changed, when players changed, they didn't get the buy-in of the new folks, and it was really an imposition of the U.S. mindset on the Iraqi government that just was never going to work."

Among the other findings in the report, auditors said the program has been significantly downsized from the ambitious size once envisioned.

Initially the program called for 350 advisers who would be able to fly throughout the country, but the number was quickly reduced to 190 advisers who would be based in Baghdad, Basra, and Erbil. Further program changes and funding uncertainties have reduced the number of advisers for the program to 36. Eighteen are stationed in Baghdad and 18 in Erbil.

Safety and security requirements for the program are also eating significantly into its operating costs. As of March 31, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs said, about 94 percent of funds obligated for Police Development Program operations had been for security and life and mission support costs.

With the downsizing of the program, SIGIR said, available funding exceeds current costs. The audit estimates that $118.2 million in unused funds for 2010 and 2011 are available to the program. That figure may be sufficient to meet remaining program costs for the current fiscal year budget, which SIGIR estimates to be less than $100 million.

But it is unclear how much will be needed to fund program activities in 2013, the report said.

The report recommends the State Department obtain a written agreement with the Iraqi government on the specific type and number of training classes to be provided, along with mutually acceptable locations for conducting the training. It also suggests Congress consider requiring the State Department to provide written certification of Iraqi government "buy-in" for new classes before any additional U.S. money is committed.

The United States will turn over control of the main police training center in Baghdad to the Iraqi government in December. The State Department says that will eliminate static security costs for the site and reduce other personnel costs due to staff reductions. As of March, 954 of the 1,458 Police Development Program personnel in Iraq were housed at the facility, the report said.

Sanok said the report serves as a wake-up call for the State Department.

"My fear is that we may repeat that error with Afghanistan," she said. "I would love for the State Department to have learned from this experience, fix it, but also to not go down this road again in other countries."

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  1. Latrice Oelschlager

    March 6, 2021 at 2:20 pm | Reply

    Best view i have ever seen !

    February 26, 2021 at 11:13 pm | Reply
  3. dbp49

    Sounds like a typical government/armed forces SNAFU. (A total lack of communication.) There will always be mistakes made in situations such as these, some (like this one) will be quite expensive. But what's the option? Quit trying? Or write it off, and try to learn from the negative experience.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  4. How About

    How about they use that money that was sitting on pallets that Bush lost?

    July 31, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
  5. eamon

    It is not Congress that wastes the money but certain private American companies that are making a fortune ,as always, out of war. These are precisely the people who are always attacking Washington while at the same time lobbying to get as much out of it as they can. The Cheneys of this world. Think Halliburton,Blackwater,etc. Read history and learn.Where has all the oil in Iraq gone to in the past nine year? Who sells it? Who buys it? I am sure you will get the right answer,finally.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:30 am | Reply
  6. obama leaves troops behind

    REPORTS delivered to CONGRESS REVEAL hundreds of millions wasted in Afghan corruption and possible hundreds of millions have fallen directly into the hands of both the taliban & al qaeda

    July 31, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
  7. Liz

    As a citizen we tell our congress representatives to stop wasting our tax payer's money to countries that are not willing to work with the U.S. We are spending millions of dollars. With this money it can be funded to create more government jobs to assist the public, education, etc. Thank you CNN, especially, the auditor reporter who contribute this report. Obama administration needs to come up with alternative solution. I guess Iraq has something that U.S. government wants and they are not telling the citizens.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
  8. anyone suprised

    not me

    July 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  9. bobhamiltonchicago

    You can add the cost of the audit to the wasted money. ALL of the money spent in Iraq was wasted. Who do I send the bill for THAT audit to?

    July 30, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      George Dubbya.

      July 31, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
  10. ciaopaparazzi

    Cut-n-Run always costs more. Liberals are the real enemy.

    July 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  11. Steve

    Anyone surprised?

    July 30, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  12. ketrout

    Why in the HE!! are spending first money that we don't have and second in foreign countries, when we should be spending that money here at home?

    On top of that, our government CANNOT even account for billions of dollars lost in Iraq and Afghan!





    July 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Reply
    • Really

      lol you blame Obama for this mess? most of this issue was with the bush admin.

      July 31, 2012 at 12:04 am | Reply
      • Liz

        You are right, however, the issue continues.

        July 31, 2012 at 12:24 am |
      • OJBAMA187

        I'm former Marine that actually signed off on millions of dollars doing Iraq and actually saw how we wasted money. During the Bush administration we always spent more than our budget in Iraq and garrison. We were always told don't worry about the budget they will give us more. Once Obama got in office all that stopped and now the DOD departments are making all kinds of cut backs due to Obama administration. So please don't blame him for the unnecessary spending he didn't take part in it. It's true Obama administration has made many mistakes trying to clean up Bush's mess.

        July 31, 2012 at 4:11 am |
    • George Patton

      Thank you, ketrout. I feel exactly the same way!!! It's the M.I.C. in Washington that's causing this mess and Barack Obama sold out as soon as he became President!

      July 31, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
  13. Ivanhoe

    For more insight into Middle Eastern affairs read the novels - king of Bat'ha - and the sequel - Tales from the East:Return of Ivanhoe by Ivanhoe.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  14. Consistently Disappointed

    It's difficult to take anyone's opinion seriously when they can't spell correctly.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  15. judith

    Gosh the evil war criminals Bush and Cheney continue to cost us money. Mittens promises more of the same., He's surrounded himself with cast-offs from that horrible administration. Remember when Cheney was promising us the war would be paid for by oil revenues? Whatever happened to that pipe dream? Must have been in the same parallel neo-con universe as the WMDs. Of course, Mittens like Cheney, too multiple deferments. These chickenhawks are the ones who love sending somebody else out to face the enemy.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • pfauenauge

      So much for our elite in Washington who is waisting our resources for nothing. Fire them all. They are useless Ivy Leage graduartes.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
    • sharky

      Hey curious what happened to the millions to the Green Energy Companies Obama gave money to?

      I mean $527Million for Solyndra. Where is that money.
      Ah I forgot, Obama can spend spend spend spend waste waste waste waste and do no wrong, he is a Democrat.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  16. wordsdontmatter

    The United States has spent about $8 billion to train, staff and equip police forces since 2003, the report says

    wish they would have spent that much our US police for training so they would stop killing us.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
    • pfauenauge

      Once again our Military have shown how they waist our taxpayers money for nothing while our vetrans are getting nothing. Fire those incompetent SOB in teh Pentagong they are useless and have no right to a job.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
      • les


        July 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
      • les

        Pentagon and veterans

        July 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  17. sharky

    Can't wait to see the audit of how much money has been wasted with Afghanistan now. We did have purpose and reason to be there, not anymore.

    The money wasted on that country has to be more. LOL

    July 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  18. d

    So the government wasted 200 million dollars in Iraq for this boondoggle.
    Do you really want them in charge of your health care?
    I don't.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • Dave R.

      Why do people act like GWB never existed?? Why was Iraq invaded in the first place?? There never were any WMDS!!

      July 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
      • Jess C

        Time and again i have asked...just what was the Bush plan to fund those two wars? Never an answer. Now the GOP just sits around looking for more wars and blaming Obama for everything under the sun. Where are those jobs, GOP?

        July 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
      • sharky

        @Jess C–

        You are so right. I mean Why on earth did we go to Afghanistan anyway. No reason to. 9/11 never happened.

        Jobs from the GOP? Ask the Democratic Senate that stopped up the bills. I am still looking for that $527million and well a lot more to the Green energy companies Obama gave to.

        I am still waiting for the under 6% unemployment rate Obama promised with his nearly $1Trillion stimulus package. Or his promise of cutting the deficit in half.

        July 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
    • Marc

      The U.S. Gov't is attempting to control the out of control healthcare insurance companies. If you don't think that's the right thing to do, then you are a hopeless and naive.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  19. mandfkiwsa

    This is not a surprise, but rather totally typical of what happens when we get involved in police actions trying to run other nations... Thanks George W.! Also thanks to Ralph Nader for causing Gore to lose Florida. Think about whether we would have spent a trillion dollars invading Iraq in the wake of 9/11 if Gore had won, and whether the hugely successful Clinton era economic policies would have been extended rather than removed by Bush.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • sharky

      LOL You wanted Mr. I Invented the Internet and Look At the Global Warming as I Drive my SUV to have been President????

      I was not a real fan of Bush, but Gore would have been a monumental disaster for this country. Talk about hard core Government regulations, and a serious 1%er.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • sharky

      PS those Economic Policies during Clinton were actually from a Republican Congress.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  20. Jt_flyer

    Our grand children could have used that money. Now it's urinated into the desert.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  21. Bentley

    AND,obama said "WHAT"about ending the WAR "IF" he won!!!!!COME ON NOV.!!

    July 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  22. Takeanotherlook

    1. Who suggested it? Repuplicans

    2. Who approved it? Republican Congress 2001-2007
    3. What was the original budget? More Money they you or I will see in our lifetime
    4. What was actually spent to date? Billions by Republicans and their 10 year No Cut No Bid Contracts

    5. Who was paid to conduct the training and how much did they get? Halliburton and KBR and Blackwater

    Now why isn't the RNC talking about that Waste of our Money that added to the Deficit and Mr. O had nothing to do with.

    They would rather waste money on TV commercials rather then tell you the TRUTH about WAR spending and how it got us into this mess!
    6. How much per policeman that actually went to work?

    July 30, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • b

      BFD. obama wasted 2.5 times that much just on Solyndra.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
      • sharky

        LOL But that is allowed. It is Obama after all he can do no wrong.

        July 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • sharky

      Baahahaha that is funny given it was a bipartisan Congress in 2003 when the "war" started. So hey guess what Democrats are to blame too.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  23. trex

    ....thanks W for .....SCREWIN' US FOR OVER A DECADE..............

    July 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  24. Dave R.

    So, why was Iraq invaded in the first place?? There never were any WMDS!!

    July 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • fred37ify

      If there were no WMD's where did the Syrians get theirs ? You are a total idiot ! Our military destroyed over 80 tons of Iraqi chemical warheads !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

      July 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
      • phenoy

        Are you delusional? There was no WMD ever found during the 2nd Iraq War. Iraq itself destroyed its stockpiles trying to to ease sanctions before the war. The U.N. and Iraq destroyed most of them after the first Gulf War ended.

        July 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  25. tman


    July 30, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
    • Dave R.

      So, why was Iraq invaded in the first place?? There never were any WMDS!!

      July 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
    • pipe

      no, this is where you are wrong, genius ! Nobody will foot any bill for us because we went ahead and destroyed their country for no reason, led to deaths of hundreds of thousands of their men, women and children and turned their country into a living hell for probably a century to come. Now we need to take up the responsibility and pay them to rebuild their country ! The nerve to say that they hate us only because we are unlike them ! They owe us nothing ! Its we who owe them and like it or not, you, me and each of us are gonna be paying our taxdollars for decades, to make up for what we did there.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  26. jim

    Oh America, when will you learn... You are not God. This is why America is failing so bad. We have better issuses to address then help the country that bombed us in the first place. We have issuses like chick-a-fila and the gays. Oh America, how embarssing it is to be in a situation like that. Of course what do i know, i'm just a slave, ain't that America. Hahaha

    July 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  27. Otis

    Several questions regarding the waste of taxpayer money on a police traing program in Iraq...

    1. Who suggested it?
    2. Who approved it?
    3. What was the original budget?
    4. What was actually spent to date?
    5. Who was paid to conduct the training and how much did they get?
    6. How much per policeman that actually went to work?

    In a country with an average annual income of under $3000, why $100's of millions? Someone made a huge killing and I want to know who and put them all in jail for a long, long time!

    July 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • timmaahhyy

      1. Who suggested it?
      the people that did the training
      2. Who approved it?
      congress\white house
      3. What was the original budget?
      i bet every dime of 200mil
      4. What was actually spent to date?
      i bet every dime of 200mil
      5. Who was paid to conduct the training and how much did they get?
      haliburton or blackwater or some other corrupt contractor
      6. How much per policeman that actually went to work?
      i would venture a guess of about 250k per police man. 1 trainer for say 25 cops. that would be 6.25 mil per trainer.

      filthy. sickens me as a tax paying american.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • judith

      Look no further than the war profiteers. They were salivating for financial gain from the time Cheney started the saber-rattling. Mittens will be much the same.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  28. Caihlyn

    $8,000,000,000 divided by 300,000,000 people in America equals $26.50/person. I'm more concerned with where the $2000 or so I pay each year in state and federal taxes is going. There is a LOT more tax money missing or misappropriated that we are probably NOT hearing about.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • fred37ify

      Over 30 billion has gone to Barracks buddies in the green energy field ! And most of those companies have since gone bankrupt !

      July 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  29. PB

    "Wasted"? Pilfered more all the rest.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  30. Rags

    Not to worry! We'll just crank up the printing presses and make more to give away to any foreign country that doesn't deserve it.
    Go Bush!!

    July 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • sharky

      Like Afghanistan.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  31. tman

    wheres my tax money ? son is starting college in three weeks..why dont you give it to people who acutally could use it....iraq what an epic fail...never heard a thank you from any of them!

    July 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • pipe

      you could have asked GWB to give the trillions spent on this illegal war and on destroying iraq in the first place, for you child's college funds. And iraqis should thank us for what ? leading hundreds of thousands of their men, women and children to deaths, gruesome tortures, destroying their country and turning it into a hell for a century to come ? Or maybe for finding those piles and piles of wmds that everyone was so frightened about ?

      July 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
      • sharky

        If you can find the $527million given to Solyndra that would be awesome.

        July 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
  32. Eric of Reseda

    And the Curse of Bush just keeps on givin'....

    July 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • fred37ify

      Barracks been prez for 3.5 years slick ! When does it start being his fault ?

      July 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
      • wordsdontmatter

        once we get rid of the tea part repub congress

        July 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
      • sharky


        Why? They are the ones preventing MORE money being wasted.

        July 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
    • sharky

      LOL $527million was lost on Solyndra. LOL. That is just for starters of money wasted in these past 3.5 years.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  33. sean

    Tax money is not wasted if it is spent. The whole point of taxes is so the money gets spent. It does not matter where it is spent. President Regan promised us that his economic plan would cover this type of spending and ensure that part would always end up in American bank accounts.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • TrueGrissel

      5 1/2 trillion wasted in all the middle east problems and they still hate us. How to pay for it, bankrupt the S.S., foreclose on medicare and medicaid, forget education, recession and/ or another depression

      July 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
      • Rags

        Maybe Rmoney will loan us a couple trill. He's flush - or is that he flushed?

        July 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  34. TrueGrissel

    Who cares, we're gone no more cash included.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  35. Ruby

    200 Million... so had it not been wasted on graft in Iraq, the gov could have given every single American a check for $600,000 dollars. Yet it is argued that we cannot support social programs , including medical and education, here at home. shame, shame.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • timmaahhyy

      tip o da iceberg my friend. Every penny spent in Iraq and Afghanistan should be audited and accounted for. It frightens me to think of how much was actually wasted (pilfered) during these wars.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • Mathgenious

      Or 64 cents each.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
      • NotAPawn

        "Genius" doesn't have an "o" in it.

        July 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
      • lol

        Well he said math "genious", not word "genious"

        July 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • NotAPawn

      Um, while I hate government waste as much as anyone else, I know there are more than 334 people in the US.

      That money's enough to give everyone in America 64 cents.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • Rags

      Blame lies entirely on the repugs!

      July 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  36. George Patton

    Long before the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the U.S., Iraq already had a good police force which never cost the U.S. taxpayer a single dime!!! Since then, Iraq has experience terrorism as the Shiites and the Sunnis continue killing each other like dogs. Any other reason why we never should have invaded Iraq? This, the right-wing media won't talk about!

    July 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • timmaahhyy

      but what about the chocolate cake and lethal gas causing falafel.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • Rags

      Blame lies entirely on the repugs.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
      • timmaahhyy

        yeah but the country as a whole took them hook line and sinker. No one in the government (except ron paul) is without blame.

        July 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • sharky

      And Libya cracked down on Al Qaeda and Egypt banned the Muslim Brotherhood. Not saying Iraq was a good idea, but it was a constant refrain from Dems and Reps that Saddam needed to go. They were all saying it. Mubarak needed to go and look what happens. Qaddafi needed to go and look what happened.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        There's one big difference here, sharky. Mubarak was ousted without inasmuch as one foreign soldier present!!!

        July 30, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  37. timmaahhyy

    So after all the yelling about the $875,000 party under obamas watch i want to hear all the same conservatives get 200 times as p'd off at bush over this crap. although i agree that government waste is rampant under the current administration it was as bad or worse under bush and most of that money went where? haliburton....thats right a company that his vp owned a huge stake in. Both parties are corrupt as a politician. lol

    July 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
    • sharky

      Ok Solyndra and MF Global. As for Halliburton, LOL Obama gave them contracts too. Obama gave KBR, which was owned by Halliburton, a $568million no bid contract.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • sharky

      But yeah I will agree with ya, both parties are corrupt and for cr ap.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  38. ShowMedaMoney

    The money went somewhere. Likely into some Republican fronted security company.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
    • Brandon


      July 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
      • Rags


        July 30, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • deltapa

      With Cheney and Rove working Mitt Romney like a sock puppet, it in effect would be a 3rd term of failed George W policies.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • sharky

      LOL I am still wondering where the $527million for Solyndra went. LOL

      July 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  39. Tom Joad

    Money that could be put towards health care. Gone again. Thank you military contractors.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • worldlypatriotusaveteran

      You overlooked the fact that Medicare is replete with fraud and waste, and it's in the tens of billions every year (yes...that's "b" as in billion). Medicare abuse puts this waste to shame!

      Who are the culprits? Well, it's all those honest and caring healthcare employees, including medical doctors and nurses.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply
      • wordsdontmatter

        hmm fraud and waste: sounds like the financial banking investment private industry too

        July 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  40. amarjeet

    No Islamic country police wll learn except what is bein tought by terror groups. They will either be loyal to own Govt. nor any democratic country. It will take centuries before the develop preference to learning of Western Systems & democratic concept of governance with love for freedom, liberty & self respect.Ae present they are dominated & dedicated to overthrow the rulerts, create chaos & Allaha to emerge to take care of the countries be it Iraq or Afghanistan. Afghanistan who moved to US & UK as well other countries do not contribure human talents & learning to their country of birth.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • wordsdontmatter

      read the article 8billion was just spent training them by a terror group: US

      July 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  41. Coper

    suprise suprise

    July 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
    • PaulTinEG

      spellin, spellin.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  42. kristina

    Only $200million!! No wonder this country is so broke. We need to quit butting into every one's business and start taking care of our own. Get our troops out of those God Forsaken countries once and for all. Now if the United States wants to feel "secure" , give me some of the money to help me out of my troubles. I am born and raised in California and I only need maybe $5 million. I am not greedy or anything. Hell, I would donate some of it to my community. Any givers out there???

    July 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • Rags

      No givers. Just a lot of takers including you and me.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  43. Dewdamaff

    If this article contained these terms, this article would have over 1 million views: race, gays, religion, 2nd amendment, immigrant, Obama, Kardashian, etc. Here we have exhibit A as to the fiscal irresponsibility of our government, exhausting vast resources on foreign programs and services not even desired by the people we proclaim to be granting freedom yet in our own backyard, education, the job market, infrastructure, and our quality of life suffers day after day. The masses of this country have been brainwashed and pimped. You say George Orwell, I say Nostradamus.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • timmaahhyy

      keeps me up at night. and that was supposed to be the party of fiscal conservatism?

      Gary Johnson 2012

      July 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  44. James

    "An overarching question is why expensive construction was initiated at both of these facilities without a formal programmatic agreement in place at the time construction began," auditors wrote in the report.

    A simple answer to that overarching question is that US contractors instructed their puppet politicians and generals to authorize these assuredly no-bid contracts. This is typical of the outsourced DOD projects in Iraq and Afghanistan since the day the wars began.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • NotAPawn

      Why a supposedly transparent nation is allowed to have "no-bid" contracts is beyond me. What a joke. An absolute JOKE.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  45. Rob

    Thank goodness, that's a relief..... I thought they were going to say a BIG number like.....200 Billion.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  46. DC Observer

    I see no reason why the US should invest another dime in Iraq or afghanistan - pull the troops and get otta Didge. Iraq has oil revenies to pay its own way. And we have no duty to prop up a puppet government that is going to fall within 6 months of the US departure - call it a day and get out of the MidEast

    July 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • ice Man

      Because we sent our military in there to take over the oil for BIG OIL COMPANIES..plain and simple. Bush and Cheney bankrupt America for big oil...

      July 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
      • bigman

        Tens of billions was wasted by the bush-cheney republicans.Iam with you

        July 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
      • Wastrel

        If only that were true, and we had stolen all the Iraqi oil and stockpiled it for our own use. Your gas might be quite a bit cheaper. It didn't happen, because gas isn't cheaper. However, it would have been an acceptable reason to wage war. "Bringing them democracy" is not an acceptable reason and only an idiot like George W. Bush could have said that.

        July 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • wordsdontmatter

      hmmm we have a puppet government here too for the past 20 to 50 years..

      July 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  47. the_dude

    "Waste"???? How can they call it a waste? I am sureteh lost money made its way into some politicians friends hand who runs reconstruction and security efforts in Iraq. I'm sure that money made its way to offshore accounts of people who are friends with Bush and Obama and Pelosi and Feinstein. This is hardkly a waste, this was the plan all along.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • Dave R.

      So, why did we invade Iraq in the first place??

      July 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
      • wordsdontmatter

        why ask why?

        July 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  48. Fr33th1nk3r

    While I agree that we need to be smarter in how we spend American dollars overseas to try and prop up failed states, I hate how the news outlets always try to sensationalize anything that they feel might draw a few users to click on the article.

    The $200 million was not "wasted", the program was not successful. Some of our initiatives overseas succeed, some fail miserably. But for the press to be waiting on he sidelines, ready to pounce and label things a "waste" (especially in this election season full of over-the-top verbage as it is), is irresponsible.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • NN

      It was the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction that called the construction a "de facto waste" , and not CNN. Try understanding the article better before you climb up on that soapbox.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • Texas Republican

      I totally agree with you. From a close source of mine I saw the progress the Iraqi police made while we train them. Yes there was some failures but ultimately some progress was made. Yes we should be more careful with how we spend money, but what was spent might just be enough to secure us from another attack.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
      • dean

        Wow, and I thought all Americans were on the same page on the Iraq war. Just shows there are some who still actually believe Iraq needed invading.

        July 31, 2012 at 12:51 am |
  49. snowdogg

    What... only $200 million?

    July 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Vad

      My thought exactly. They were just able to track this 200 million because some government accountant actually kept records on how much these buildings cost. I am sure he was fired for his accuracy. They are not able to track how much waste there actually was because so much money just plain vanished into thin air. The guys responsible for losing that money have cushy jobs and hefty pensions. God Bless America.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  50. PiratesRule

    Wasting 8 Billion on training is a dropin the bucket to what this country has cost us.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • DB

      I fully agree. We need to pack up and come home. We need to enforce our own ports of entry and borders as well as better screen our own residents of the USA.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • NN

      GBW's initial estimate of the total cost of war was around $100M. Shows how in touch with reality that joke was...

      July 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply

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