U.S. To Hand Over Iraq Bases, Equipment Worth Billions

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    U.S. To Hand Over Iraq Bases, Equipment Worth Billions


    WASHINGTON -- With just over three months until the last U.S. troops are currently due to leave Iraq, the Department of Defense is engaged in a mad dash to give away things that cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars to buy and build.

    The giveaways include enormous, elaborate military bases and vast amounts of military equipment that will be turned over to the Iraqis, mostly just to save the expense of bringing it home.

    "It's all sunk costs," said retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, who oversaw the training of Iraqi soldiers from 2003 to 2004. "It's money that we spent and we're not going to recoup."

    There were 505 U.S. military bases and outposts in Iraq at the height of operations, said Col. Barry Johnson, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq. Only 39 are still in U.S. hands -- but that includes each of the largest bases, meaning the most significant handovers are yet to come.

    Those bases didn't come cheap. Construction costs exceeded $2.4 billion, according to an analysis of Pentagon annual reports by the Congressional Research Service. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alone was responsible for $1.9 billion in base construction contracts between 2004 and 2010, a spokesman told HuffPost.

    Rather than strip those bases clean and ship everything home, Defense Department officials tell The Huffington Post that over 2.4 million pieces of equipment worth a total of at least $250 million -- everything from tanks and trucks to office furniture and latrines -- have been given away to the Iraqi government in the past year, with the pace of transfers expected to increase dramatically in the coming months.

    THE U.S. BASES


    The most colossal relics of the U.S. invasion of Iraq will be the outsize military bases the Bush administration began erecting not long after the invasion, under the never explicitly stated assumption that Iraq would become the long-term staging area for U.S. forces in the region.

    As a recent Congressional Research Service report noted, the Department of Defense "built up a far more extensive infrastructure than anticipated to support troops and equipment in and around Iraq and Afghanistan."

    The biggest push came in 2005, with over $1.2 billion in base-building contracts signed in that fiscal year alone, according to CRS.

    "How did we come to be wasting that much money?" asked Heather Hurlburt, executive director of the progressive National Security Network. The answer, she said, is that dissenting voices weren't heeded when Bush administration officials were pushing their hugely overambitious agenda.

    "The problem that is often cited in the run-up to the war continued afterward," she said. "The political and media elite weren't paying attention."
     
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    Happens all the time we go nation building. The same thing will happen in Afghanistan. And just think of all the stuff that needs to be replaced when the troops get home. National Guard units here at home have been cannibalized for years and they do not have enough equipment to respond to emergencies here at home where citizens need help.
     
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    Tbh, Iraq should have to go to war and conduct military operations if we tell them to.
     
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    Not according the constitution Republicans helped them write.
     
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    This is probably a biased European view but surely that money isnt wasted, its merely transferred from the taxpayer over to US corporations, businessmen and their political puppets etc

    Isnt that what war is all about :eusa_eh:
     
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    The United States of American has put so much Financial, Military and Government influence in foreign countries with efforts to create a American influence wherever possible. While doing so they have left the homeland struggling with economic challenges such as foreclosure on homes, the general welfare and stability of our citizens and their assets, the labor force and marketing systems, and the list goes on. Many options have been considered such as stimulus programs to increase the options for labor and turnover a larger increase of money within the economy, but was a fatal plan from the beginning. The general status of the USA is at a low status for unnecessary reasons, and the military can easily be labeled as one of the primary factors in this seemingly ongoing issues.
    The United States Military should also not just give away the equipment that priced over billions of dollars to be stationed and another set of millions, possibly billions to just give away and return with no profit what so ever. The United States military should sell this equipment to the Iraqi government under terms of a financial agreement and/or for however much they can profit off of the equipment. Finally the troops are returning home, but there are certain matters that should still be attended to.
     

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