Apparently, the Pentagon “cannot account for” some 190,000 AK-47 rifles and pistols, 135,000 items of body armor and 115,000 helmets reported to be issued to Iraqi forces as of September 22, 2005.
We seem to have lost them.
The report raised concerns that weapons provided by the United States could be falling into the hands of Iraqi insurgents, just as lawmakers and policymakers in Washington await a September report on the success of U.S.surge strategy for stabilizing Baghdad.
One senior Pentagon official told The Washington Post some weapons probably were being used against U.S. troops. He said an Iraqi brigade created in Fallujah disintegrated in 2004 and began fighting American soldiers.
Iran Contra, anyone? Afghanistan, anyone?
Since 2003, the United States has provided about $19.2 billion to develop Iraqi security forces, the GAO said. The Defense Department has recently asked for another $2 billion to continue the train-and-equip program.
Will we ever learn?