Where Did U.S. Money Go In Iraq?

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U.S. Ends Combat Operations In Iraq

Last week, the U.S. occupation of Iraq officially ceased being a combat mission as the military entered the stability phase of its operations. Here are some of the major victories of the seven-and-a-half-year war.

Obama Declares Victory, Sort Of, Depending On How You Look At It, In Iraq

CAMP SPRINGS, MD—"For nearly a decade, our mission in Iraq has been to root out those who would choose violence over peace, to create a stable Iraqi government, and to transfer power to an incorruptable civilian police force," Obama said. "And, in a manner of speaking, we sort of did some of that, right? More or less?"

Iraq's Little Victories

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Where Did U.S. Money Go In Iraq?

According to a report in The Washington Post, Gen. David Petraeus and other American military commanders were given access to $5 billion in discretionary funds to spend on various projects like a now-defunct $1 million water park in Baghdad. Here are some of the places the money went to:

  • $10 million—Free "I Love the Surge" bumper sticker and T-shirt program
  • $13 million—Retrofitting Saddam's sex palace to create municipal sex library
  • $125,000—Amphibious, duck-shaped Tigris River tour boat
  • $300,000—Funyuns Military Blend
  • $9,000—The Offspring's booking fee
  • $100 million—Given to this guy who promised he would build a chain of really awesome after-school clubs and skate parks but who, in retrospect, was probably Muqtada al-Sadr
  • $7.1 million—Really nice big statue of Muhammad to cheer everyone in Baghdad up
  • $6 million—Ultimately abandoned Frank Gehry blueprints for Iraq's entire infrastructure
  • $4 million—Dance hall; men only
  • $60 million—Blowing up bridge E.U. forces need to leave
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