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Patrick S. Lasswell Look outward for something to accomplish, not inward for something to despise.
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Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Cash In Iraq

Representative Blumenauer,

Yesterday Rep. Waxman asked the presumably rhetorical question "Who in their right mind would send 363 tons of cash into a war zone?"

Apparently Rep. Waxman is oblivious to the lack of banking systems in Iraq, the impoverished state of the Iraqis after twelve years of sanctions, and the utter necessity of replacing a national currency dominated in its iconography by the image of the dictator we just deposed.

Even as a consultant in Iraq, I have to take in every penny I expect to spend rather than go through circuitous and expensive wire transfers.

I find it distressing that the chair of the oversight committee holding investigations into the conduct of operations in Iraq displays such abysmal ignorance of conditions on the ground.

Who in their right mind expects the ATMs to work in a war zone?


Patrick S Lasswell
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