Mind the whiplash, we're about to switch voices and topics again (sorry, still haven't had time to organize this mess...)
There's an article on BBC news here alleging that $23 billion dollars has been misused, stolen or "just not properly accounted for" in Iraq.
I'm trying to understand that number in a reasonable way but it's simply too large.
Apparently there's what the BBC is calling a "gagging order" (which I think is a lovely phrase and far more interesting than gag order. I quite like the idea but mostly if it's applied to the people perpetrating the fraud - "Oi! You! GAG!!") which means 70 court cases cannot even be discussed.
70 court cases of fraud.
There are some frightening numbers being flung around here aren't there?
Keep in mind that the government that has apparently happily tossed around $23 billion that it's (also apparently) not terribly concerned about finding again is the same government that did not follow its own laws to ensure that contractors working in the area were properly protected.
I wonder how much that would have cost?