- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)45
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)36
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
As if the escalating violence in Iraq weren't discouraging enough, a shocking lack of oversight apparently has allowed many of the billions of dollars sent for rebuilding Iraq to disappear into a maze of corruption. Failure to take every step necessary to ensure the success of this most essential part of the U.S. mission is intolerable.
The desperate rush to make progress and the chaotic conditions of a war zone no doubt have contributed to inefficiencies and less-than-optimum prices.
A culture of corruption that flourished under Saddam Hussein, moreover, couldn't be expected to disappear overnight among the Iraqis selling goods and services to the coalition's rebuilding effort.
What's much harder to accept is that the Bush administration has declined to use the cost controls that are available -- chiefly, independent oversight -- to make sure that taxpayers money really is building schools and power plants, rather than sticking to greedy fingers.