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Steve over at The News Blog has a post up on more babble from that babbling rumball, Christopher Hitchens, who is disappointed that the people who opposed the war, those who realized that you are disqualified from calling yourself a humanitarian by invading a country, bombing it’s inhabitants, destroying what little infrastructure they had…that these people won’t bail the neocons out of the little quagmire that they’ve dug.

Question: Why have several large American cities not already announced that they are going to become sister cities with Baghdad and help raise money and awareness to aid Dr. Tamimi? When I put this question to a number of serious anti-war friends, their answer was to the effect that it’s the job of the administration to allocate the money, so that there’s little room or need for civic action. I find this difficult to credit: For day after day last month I could not escape the news of the gigantic “Live 8” enterprise, which urged governments to do more along existing lines by way of debt relief and aid for Africa. Isn’t there a single drop of solidarity and compassion left over for the people of Iraq, after three decades of tyranny, war, and sanctions and now an assault from the vilest movement on the face of the planet? Unless someone gives me a persuasive reason to think otherwise, my provisional conclusion is that the human rights and charitable “communities” have taken a pass on Iraq for political reasons that are not very creditable. And so we watch with detached curiosity, from dry land, to see whether the Iraqis will sink or swim. For shame.

No. Shame on you Hitchens, you sodden twat.

Why not call on the current administration to account for the billions (billions) that they have lost through misadministration, graft, and embezzlement. We’re not talking about a little metal box with the petty cash in it. We’re talking real cash money. Haul every one of those CPA whizkids down to Gitmo and sweat a little information out of them. And haul that Medal of Freedom, sneaking out under of cover of darkness piece of shit Paul Bremer along for a little chat too.

In January 2005, an official report by the inspector general for the reconstruction of Iraq, Stuart Bowen, cited by Time, stated that $9 billion for the reconstruction of Iraq might have disappeared in frauds, corruption and other misbehaviour. On one particular salary register, only 602 names among 8206 could be verified. As another cited example, the Coalition Authority authorised Iraqi officials to postpone declaring the reception of 2,5 billions of dollars, which the provisiory government had received in spring through the Oil for Food program. [5] [6]

Ambassador Bremer wrote an eight-page reply to deny the accusations. The Time article atated that, during the IG’s inquiry, Bowen’s people refused to interview Bremer’s deputies, and the IG’s report failed to mention that Bremer and his people worked under extraordinary conditions, faced a high turnover rate, and had insufficient number of personnel to carry out their rebuilding and humanitarian relief efforts.

However, critics believe, as head of the CPA, Ambassador Bremer bears the overall responsibility for the very questionable hiring policies that led to his staff being dangerously inexperienced and unable to provide the oversight necessary to protect the funds they were administering.

This issue also became a topic of discussion during some of Bremer’s Q&A sessions with students and activists who attended Bremer’s presentations. Some questioned Bremer if he could have done things differently in Iraq, but were notably disappointed when Paul Bremer avoided answering the question. Bremer allegedly responded to one such question with “ I will tell you what I told them, I’m saving that for my book… I need more time to reflect.”

Here’s another idea. Rent a good sized hall and invite Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby (if he isn’t in jail by then), Donald Rumsfeld, and Condoleezza Rice to sit on a panel to discuss the war. For the audience invite the parents, wives, husbands, and children of all the 1800+ American soldiers who have died in Iraq and then let the panel explain to these people how it happened that they were 100% wrong about every fucking thing in their war of choice.

As I have said before, we told these assholes that they were going to drive the car over a cliff, and now that we’re plummeting to earth, they want to hand us the wheel and say, “Fine! You drive.”

Bite me. You broke it. You fix it.

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