'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
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Reconstruction efforts in Iraq by the United States have left the Middle East country unstable, violent and even more broken than it was before the American invasion, despite the U.S. having spent $15 million every day for nearly a decade, according to a new report from an independent watchdog Wednesday.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, one of America's closest allies in the country, has rebuffed the personal request of President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to relinquish his post as Iraqis form a new government in Baghdad.
"You think if you throw money at a problem, you can fix it," Kurdish government official Qubad Talabani, son of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, told auditors. "It was just not strategic thinking."
U.S. military personnel, diplomats and contractors cycled in and out of Iraq in tours as short as three months, while some of Mr. Bowen's oversight and investigations staff stayed for four or five years, he told the Al-Monitor website.