“Our efforts are devoted to helping the Iraqis spend their own money,” said Marc Wall, the U.S. Embassy’s coordinator for economic transition in Iraq. “We’ve zeroed in on it in the last year or two.”
Sounds suspiscious to me. Americans will teach Iraqis how to spend money? Blind leading the veiled. Further in the article–
…lawmakers asked why the Iraqis haven’t spent more of their own money on reconstruction efforts while U.S. taxpayers shell out some $12 billion a month for Iraq — most for military operations.
Who is doing a better job of (not) spending their money? Maybe the US should ask Iraq for spending advice.
And I wonder how much of the reconstruction is contracted to US companies.