It Was Just a Clerical Error!

Gee, I know I feel better!
From the Washington Post:

Bookkeeping deficiencies allowed thousands of weapons issued to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005 to then go missing, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said yesterday.

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“Some percentage” of weapons the U.S. military provided to the Iraqi army and Iraqi police units were not tracked by serial number because there were no procedures in place to do so within the Iraqi units, Petraeus said in an interview broadcast last night on Fox News Radio’s “Alan Colmes Show.”

…snip…

A Government Accountability Office report last week found that the U.S. military has lost track of about 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces, and experts worry that many of those weapons could have fallen into the hands of enemies in Iraq. The report noted that 125,000 pieces of body armor and 115,000 helmets also were missing from inventory records.

Petraeus, who then led the security training effort, said Iraqi units were ready to fight but did not have the equipment they needed just as Moqtada al-Sadr’s influence grew in the summer of 2004.

And there’s this little snippet from Business Day:

Also missing were 135000 items of body armour out of a total of 215000, despite the fact that even some US soldiers lacked this life-saving equipment, particularly in the early stages of the war.

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2 responses to “It Was Just a Clerical Error!

  1. nightowl724

    “CF Classic,” indeed! See, here’s the “logistics”…

    One no-bid defense “procurement” contractor sells us some stuff at ridiculously inflated prices (government purchase, “quick turnaround time,” “special high-quality specifications,” etc.). We never actually “see” these items. They are shipped to another no-bid defense “distribution” contractor in the Mid-East, which promptly “misplaces” most of it to the highest bidders. American soldiers are then shot with the guns Americans paid for, while *not* wearing the body armor Americans paid for.

    A perfect circle. A perfect scam. A perfect crime.

    And, another perfect snark from nonnie…

  2. nonnie9999

    these people (using the term loosely) pound on their bibles, demanding that others live up to their perceived sense of what is right. in the meantime, they lie, steal, and break just about every other commandment. they do so without conscience. that a military man would defend such actions, even at the expense of his own men, turns my stomach. that’s the same problem i had (and have) with colin powell. they are even more despicable because of what they say they stand for.

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