The US Department of Defense has a budget in the hundreds of billions, and a hefty chunk of that, funds tied to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, have disappeared.
In the official report by way of the Special Inspector General’s office, the absent funds are accounted as a “records management” error. Stuart Bowen, the special inspector-general in charge of the audit, tells National Journal that the mistake could make things worse for Iraqi-American relations, even after the war overseas has “officially” ended.
"It's symptomatic of the poor record keeping that was rife throughout the early stages of the reconstruction effort,"Bowen tells the National Journal. Bowen has conducted three other large audits over the funding placed in American hands, which has accounted for roughly $21 billion since the US took control of Iraqi assets at the onset of the war.
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