Anti-corruption efforts were abandoned by both American and Iraqi officials, opening the door to waste, fraud and abuse.
“Grafted on to the existing Iraqi legal system and inadequately supported by their U.S. creators, the CPI [Iraq's Commission on Public Integrity" and the IGs [Iraqi Ministry Inspector Generals] have struggled to find their footing in the new Iraq. Anticorruption efforts by the CPA and the U.S. Embassy must be seen in this context, but the absence of progress in fighting corruption in Iraq is disappointing.
One (Iraqi Inspector General) noted: "If we're too active, our minister will fire us," and the chilling, "if I do my job, they'll kill me."
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Deception, waste and poor planning
Anti-Corruption Efforts Abandoned