Thursday, July 12, 2007

Iraqi's meet a $282 million benchmark

No, silly-not one of the stupid benchmarks the U.S. established to measure"progress" in Iraq. I'm talking about one of the benchmarks the Iraqi's set for themselves. From Alissa Rubin's article in the International Herald Tribune, this is how they measure success:

BAGHDAD: In an astonishing heist, guards at a bank here made off with more than a quarter-billion dollars on Wednesday, according to an official at the Interior Ministry.
The robbery, of $282 million from the Dar Es Salaam bank, a private financial institution, raised more questions than it answered, and officials were tight-lipped about the crime. The local police said two guards engineered the robbery, but an official at the Interior Ministry said three guards were involved.
Both confirmed that the stolen money was in American dollars, not Iraqi dinars. It was unclear why the bank had that much money on hand in dollars, or how the robbers managed to move such a large amount without being detected.
Several officials speculated that the robbers had connections to the militias, because it would be difficult for them to move without being searched through many checkpoints in Baghdad. ...

Assuming that the robbers don't intend to purchase A-Rod's baseball contract, I think that our troops will recover this money, although slowly.One truck bomb and I.E.D. at a time.

Whoinhell is running their security--Michael Chertoff???

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