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Bush Cuts Off Cash For Rebuilding Iraq
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-3-2006 | Alec Russell

Posted on 01/02/2006 5:20:12 PM PST by blam

Bush cuts off cash for rebuilding Iraq

By Alec Russell in Washington
(Filed: 03/01/2006)

The Bush administration has made clear that there will be no more money for rebuilding Iraq when the £10.7 billion originally allocated has been spent.

Although many projects have been disappointments, the decision not to ask Congress for more cash in next month's draft budget underlines the consensus that it is time to start winding down the costly commitment to the country.

It also highlights how, since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in April 2003, the focus of the reconstruction effort has shifted from electricity, roads and water to security.

In January 2004 American officials planned to spend £1.9 billion to refashion the police and army. But as the rebellion has gathered momentum at least £1.5 billion has been transferred from other projects, including £600 million earmarked for electricity, to training soldiers and judges, creating special forces and building courts and prisons.

American officials deny that they will be leaving the job half-finished. "The US never intended to completely rebuild Iraq," Brig William McCoy, the Army Corps of Engineers commander overseeing reconstruction, told journalists in Iraq recently.

Later he told the Washington Post: "This was just supposed to be the springboard."

Officials point to the 3,600 projects they have completed or intend to finish by the end of this year, when the money is expected to run out.

A survey in the Washington Post counts among the successes the building of 160 hospitals and clinics, the rebuilding of 800 miles of roads and work on 900 schools.

But sabotage has kept the output of electricity and oil at or below pre-war levels despite the spending of hundreds of millions of pounds.

US officials say that when the money runs out it will be up to foreign donors and the new Iraqi government to carry out the work that still needs to be done.

George W Bush sketched out a grandiose future for Iraq's infrastructure in a speech in August 2003, a few months after Saddam was ousted.

He said: "In a lot of places the infrastructure is as good as it was at pre-war levels, which is satisfactory, but it is not the ultimate aim. The ultimate aim is for the infrastructure to be the best in the region."

Since then the cost of countering the insurgency has all but overwhelmed the reconstruction effort.

Seven people were killed and 13 wounded yesterday when a suicide car bomber rammed a bus carrying police recruits north of Baghdad. Gunmen in two cars shot dead five people in the capital.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 109th; appropriations; bush; cash; cuts; federalspending; iraq; off; rebuilding

1 posted on 01/02/2006 5:20:13 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

A lot of speculation here


2 posted on 01/02/2006 5:23:03 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: blam

this cannot be true

there are costs the military incurs every single day - you can't just stop incurring costs


3 posted on 01/02/2006 5:23:18 PM PST by systematic (Folding@Home for Team FreeRepublic (Team# 36120) - For more info, search FR keyword: folding)
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To: systematic
It is about rebuilding costs. Not military costs.

Doesn't mean much, the President can present a supplemental at any time.
4 posted on 01/02/2006 5:25:07 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: blam

It's a MESS no matter how you look at it.


5 posted on 01/02/2006 5:28:42 PM PST by Neenah
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To: bnelson44; blam; systematic

Agree with your responses.


6 posted on 01/02/2006 5:29:25 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: blam

Even being the Bushbot I am, I know this cannot be true. GWB has yet to cut off funding to anything!


7 posted on 01/02/2006 5:30:16 PM PST by A.Hun (Democrats suck worse than ice storms.)
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To: blam

Bush is cutting funding for something? So that's why I saw a flock of pigs flying on my way home this evening.


8 posted on 01/02/2006 5:36:19 PM PST by manwiththehands (My wish for the new year: I wish Republicans were running the country.)
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To: blam

Its time they started selling their oil and using their own money.


9 posted on 01/02/2006 5:37:15 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: sgtbono2002

Its time they started selling their oil and using their own money.


Wasn't that the plan from the beginning?....I seem to remember Bush saying this early on..


10 posted on 01/02/2006 5:38:48 PM PST by mystery-ak (End Freepathons, become a monthly donor...)
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To: blam

A draft budget is just that - a draft. If anything ultimately gets cut (which I hope it does) remains to be seen. But one way to force some unity among the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds would be to put out just this sort of info. "Sink or swim, we're not gonna support your sorry asses forever!"


11 posted on 01/02/2006 5:41:23 PM PST by Socratic (When civilization concedes to barbarity, civility is never the result.)
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To: blam

Headlines used to read: Bush is spending too much money rebuilding Iraq! Next generation Americans and the poor suffer the most

Headlines from MSM will now read: Bush destroyed Iraq and wont pay to rebuild the mess we made! Bush doesnt care about poor Iraqis

I'd bet a lot of money the MSM and Dems would spin this that way....


12 posted on 01/02/2006 5:42:30 PM PST by the right side jedi
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To: blam
It seem to be reasonable...

We're spending so much for the prosperity of Iraq but unfortunately the Iraqi's themselves in some way seem to be so passive about it... well as most muslims are... they are very dependent.. they always love "easy money" stuff.. it's time for them to do their part... it's their country not ours... we've given much to help! No spoonfeeding this time.

13 posted on 01/02/2006 5:47:59 PM PST by ChristianDefender (There is no such thing as Moderate Islam...)
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To: sgtbono2002

bingo


14 posted on 01/02/2006 5:52:22 PM PST by vigilante2 (proud parent of a soldier)
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To: the right side jedi
"I'd bet a lot of money the MSM and Dems would spin this that way...."

It'll look like this;

Bush Concedes Defeat In Iraq

15 posted on 01/02/2006 5:54:35 PM PST by blam
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To: the right side jedi

Like I said.." It's a Mess no matter how you look at it. "


16 posted on 01/02/2006 5:57:50 PM PST by Neenah
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To: blam
Seven people were killed and 13 wounded yesterday when a suicide car bomber rammed a bus carrying police recruits north of Baghdad. Gunmen in two cars shot dead five people in the capital.

Can't forget to provide the American/Iraqi casualties--in this instance, just the Iraqis. Ever notice how the press never provides any data (or even speculation) of enemy casualties?

17 posted on 01/02/2006 6:02:31 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: Neenah

Well, the neoconservatives said the whole thing would pay for itself; they're only off by about $500 billion in US tax dollars but letting the Iraqis pay for their own reconstruction is a start.


18 posted on 01/02/2006 6:03:27 PM PST by laconic
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To: sgtbono2002

This is just the kick in the pants the fledgling Iraqi Gov needs to get off The US Teet


19 posted on 01/02/2006 6:13:03 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: manwiththehands
So that's why I saw a flock of pigs flying on my way home this evening.

Indeed. They just flew out of my butt and sprouted wings.

21 posted on 01/02/2006 6:39:57 PM PST by AndrewB
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To: blam
It'll look like this: Bush Concedes Defeat In Iraq

LOL! I posted just about the same thing in another thread a minute ago but you put it better than I did. What we're watching is a fantasy world under construction. I don't feel sorry for the inhabitants - it's a self-inflicted wound.

22 posted on 01/02/2006 6:43:59 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: blam
What's been happening to the profits from the Iraqi oil industry?

This seems to be a pretty well-kept secret.

Leni

23 posted on 01/02/2006 6:47:41 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: blam

The oil that Iraq is selling can pay for the upgrading of Iraq as well as repay the US for their liberation. But that's just me.


24 posted on 01/02/2006 6:48:35 PM PST by Mr Cobol (.Liberalism isn't a political philosophy. It's a vile combination of sickness and evilóM Schiller)
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To: Neenah
It's a MESS no matter how you look at it.

It's Victory no matter how you look at it, idiot.

25 posted on 01/02/2006 6:53:22 PM PST by IonInsights
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To: blam

Heck, what happened -- did the U.S Treasury printing presses run out of ink??


26 posted on 01/02/2006 6:59:51 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: bnelson44
the President can present a supplemental at any time.

Oh yes, why not waste even more tax dollars? What the heck, it's just a printing machine up there in Washington right?

27 posted on 01/02/2006 7:05:44 PM PST by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: blam
Since all the Libs are saying it's blood for oil, I'd start taking a huge percentage of their oil output for funding our presence in Iraq. Make it a zero sum game from a dollar perspective.

As for our guys who died or wounded there; there is no dollar amount that can replace their lives, or soothe the hurt, felt sorrow, and despair, from their families...

28 posted on 01/02/2006 7:33:11 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: MinuteGal

When Chalibi was in Washington, he said their budget showed a $5b surplus from their oil sales.


29 posted on 01/02/2006 7:36:53 PM PST by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: Billthedrill
"The Bush Administration has decided to stop funding Iraq reconstruction efforts. Uh oh, that means that the administration's own strategy for Iraq victory is now kaput."

The above was posted on the front page of KOS. Pretty close.

30 posted on 01/02/2006 9:06:26 PM PST by tjg
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