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(Stars and Stripes)   Here's what a $1 million US-paid-for soccer field in Iraq looks like   (stripes.com) divider line 122
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2014-05-17 09:52:01 AM
I guess they didn't purchase the extended warranty and support contract.
 
2014-05-17 10:04:41 AM
I told 'em to get the undercoating.
 
2014-05-17 10:28:41 AM
All that dirt makes the money trail pretty easy to follow.
 
2014-05-17 11:25:48 AM
Still it's probably some of our best spent money over there.
 
2014-05-17 11:39:01 AM
War on Nation building for terrorists.
 
2014-05-17 11:49:57 AM
FTFA: "Neighborhood teams play soccer May 2 on a field in the Sadr City section of Baghdad. Millions of dollars were spent by American forces for this and other fields. Today the fields are in disrepair but are still well used. Local teams pay for repairs."

We built 'em.  It's not our fault if they can't keep them up.  And from the sounds of it, they don't want to.

"Attacks on crowds gathered to watch matches in shiate neighborhoods have become increasingly common as the al-Qaida offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seeks to inflict civilian casualties."
 
2014-05-17 11:56:15 AM
Hang on, I'm working on my surprised look...almost got it...just another minute...and sorry, it was just gas.
 
2014-05-17 11:59:29 AM

enry: I told 'em to get the undercoating.


see, you don't get that Trucoat, you're gonna get oxidation, and you'll pay a heckuva lot more...
 
2014-05-17 12:01:51 PM
Here's what a $1 million US-paid-for soccer field bribes to local warlords in Iraq looks like

FTFY
 
2014-05-17 12:20:03 PM
This is only an outrage if a poor person at some point benefited from it.
 
2014-05-17 12:39:59 PM
In today's Iraq, questions about the waste of U.S. funds have turned to questions about the waste of Iraqi money, and about why more of Iraq's billions in oil revenue have not filtered down to ordinary people.

Aaaaaaahahahahahahaa!

I know it's a rhetorical question and a mental masturbation exercise, but seriously?
 
2014-05-17 01:01:23 PM
It's almost like conservatives that just graduated from college can't run a country. Shocking.
 
2014-05-17 01:08:40 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: In today's Iraq, questions about the waste of U.S. funds have turned to questions about the waste of Iraqi money, and about why more of Iraq's billions in oil revenue have not filtered down to ordinary people.


They probably need more tax cuts.
 
2014-05-17 01:49:50 PM
We tried. The Iraqis obviously just don't give a sh*t.
 
2014-05-17 01:50:57 PM
Well, we spent that money over there so we wouldn't have to spend it over here. You wouldn't want those people to have nice things, would you? They'd just toss their filet mignon wrappers all over it as they drove by in their Cadillacs talking in their Obamaphones.
 
2014-05-17 01:54:42 PM
I'm having a hard time mustering that much outrage for a fraction of the cost of one of the many planes we'll never use.
 
2014-05-17 01:56:47 PM
Thanks, I needed a feel bad, then feel good then feel completely miserable story.

The Emotional Rollercoaster at Bipolarland doesn't open until Memorial Day.
 
2014-05-17 01:56:56 PM
And yet this sort of spending generates next to no outrage compared to, say, funding for NPR. That's where that giant sucking sound is coming from, libtardos.
 
2014-05-17 01:57:23 PM

OtherBrotherDarryl: Still it's probably some of our best spent money over there.


Yeah atleast this soccer field really happened.
 
2014-05-17 01:57:39 PM
In today's Iraq, questions about the waste of U.S. funds have turned to questions about the waste of Iraqi money, and about why more of Iraq's billions in oil revenue have not filtered down to ordinary people.

coacheshotseat.com
 
2014-05-17 01:57:40 PM
So most people don't tend to appreciate things that are simply given to them?  The hell you say.
 
2014-05-17 01:57:52 PM

Mentalpatient87: I'm having a hard time mustering that much outrage for a fraction of the cost of one of the many planes we'll never use.


It's right up there with my outrage over studying cow farts.
 
2014-05-17 01:59:16 PM
One day the US will lose to the Iraqi team in the World Cup finals and it will be because we built them a bunch of soccer fields.
 
2014-05-17 02:01:56 PM

bigbadideasinaction: Here's what a $1 million US-paid-for soccer field bribes to local warlords in Iraq looks like

FTFY


How many millions in a pallet? We weren't even bothering to disguise that shiat.
 
2014-05-17 02:03:40 PM

FatherChaos: In today's Iraq, questions about the waste of U.S. funds have turned to questions about the waste of Iraqi money, and about why more of Iraq's billions in oil revenue have not filtered down to ordinary people.


We're the worst mercenary state in history. At least the Hessians got farking paid.
 
2014-05-17 02:07:24 PM

OtherBrotherDarryl: Still it's probably some of our best spent money over there.


Yeah, at least it's still a soccer field and kids are still using it. This is the least outrageous flushing of money I've seen so far involving Iraq.

/Halliburton is pretty much the scum of the earth
 
2014-05-17 02:08:50 PM
Well, they had their brutal dictatorship, which, nevertheless, curbed violence and allowed people to slowly evolve towards better society.

Now, they have sectarian violence on the rise, economy worse than under dictatorship, more dead bodies than they had under the same dictatorship, legally allowed rape of 9-year old girls (as "marriage"), and general loss of any progress made through since the farking Shah.

Congratulations are in order. Democracy well spread. Freedom on the march. Good jorb.

Soccer fields/aka money stolen by corrupt "contractors" aren't even a blip on radar.
 
2014-05-17 02:09:14 PM
They should've used AstroTurf.
 
2014-05-17 02:09:16 PM
aaaand I am reminded yet again of this book. should be required reading for wannabe nation builders and imperialistic do-gooders.
 
2014-05-17 02:12:59 PM

FatherChaos: In today's Iraq, questions about the waste of U.S. funds have turned to questions about the waste of Iraqi money, and about why more of Iraq's billions in oil revenue have not filtered down to ordinary people.

[coacheshotseat.com image 502x391]


The guy on the right asked, "who farted?"

And Reagan said, "Wasn't me. I don't have a colon!"
 
2014-05-17 02:16:03 PM
Jesus christ, we're just as corrupt as Russia when it comes to this kind of shiat.
 
2014-05-17 02:17:10 PM
Surprise!  People in a poor desert country don't play soccer on pristine turf fields.  As earlier posts have noted, at least they are still playing soccer on it.  The real question is who approved the design of the field.  When it was finished it probably looked like it would have been at home in England.

1.1 million for a game where all you really need is level ground with lines on it.

Read "Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone"  if you want to see what good use our money was put to after we defeated Sadaam.
 
2014-05-17 02:18:02 PM

TV's Vinnie: We tried. The Iraqis obviously just don't give a sh*t.


Yes, I'm sure it's that simple.
 
2014-05-17 02:19:18 PM

Great Odins Raven: Jesus christ, we're just as corrupt as Russia when it comes to this kind of shiat.


No, you aren't. Not even close, yet. But hey! You are making progress!
 
2014-05-17 02:19:44 PM
the hypocrisy of the nation and the right wing who flag wave this kind of shiat is overwhelming.
 
2014-05-17 02:20:29 PM
No amount of money is going to make grass grow in Iraq.
 
2014-05-17 02:21:29 PM
No surprises here.  Anyone who has spent any time in the Middle East will realize that our efforts to impose our ideas and ideals on them won't work.

We Americans have a very conceited view.  Quite frankly, some of it is well earned, but some is not.  The problem is we just don't get it when it comes to many areas of the world.  Other societies are different than ours!  Why is that so hard to understand and why is that such a bad thing???

Iraq is perfect example. This is never going to be the utopian society that we would like.  In the long run, we may find they were better off under a brutal dictator like Saddam who kept some kind of order.

Unfortunately, this ended up becoming a black hole for spending billions and even trillions of dollars and will likely be a black hole of spending for some time.  Hope the Halliburton people are happy with their riches. Blood money...all of it.
 
2014-05-17 02:23:18 PM

rugman11: We built 'em. It's not our fault if they can't keep them up. And from the sounds of it, they don't want to.


Yeah, you built cyclone fencing that began falling over in less than a decade. That's some quality work.
 
2014-05-17 02:25:40 PM
So a grass field located in a desert, maintained by improved people without steady access to running water and electricity, is now a dirt field?

I am SHOCKED.
 
2014-05-17 02:26:20 PM

rugman11: FTFA: "Neighborhood teams play soccer May 2 on a field in the Sadr City section of Baghdad. Millions of dollars were spent by American forces for this and other fields. Today the fields are in disrepair but are still well used. Local teams pay for repairs."

We built 'em.  It's not our fault if they can't keep them up.  And from the sounds of it, they don't want to.

"Attacks on crowds gathered to watch matches in shiate neighborhoods have become increasingly common as the al-Qaida offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seeks to inflict civilian casualties."


Your own quote claims they're repairing it out their own pocket.

Why did you link that if your claim was that they didn't want it?
 
2014-05-17 02:26:51 PM
The contractor who built the field - who did not want to be identified, out of fear for his safety - said he was paid $1.1 million for the job by the U.S. Army. But it's difficult to see where that money went, despite his assurances that the site was once in a better state of repair.

American or foreign contractor?
 
2014-05-17 02:28:51 PM

TV's Vinnie: We tried. The Iraqis obviously just don't give a sh*t.


Dunno, did they have soccer fields under Saddam?

The problem for your argument is that they likely did. *I'm just assuming. All I ever heard was that Iraqs infrastructure was fine prior to the war, and especially the sanctions. Not soccer fields specifically.

So, what did you try?
 
2014-05-17 02:30:51 PM

insertsnarkyusername: No amount of money is going to make grass grow in Iraq.


They're trying in Qatar. A lot of money.

And please only play on the grass once.
 
2014-05-17 02:32:50 PM
Benefit of the doubt, some of Brazil's best players came from playing in those exact same conditions.
 
2014-05-17 02:33:06 PM
Should have just bought ten thousand soccer balls with that money.

Do the math. There's a joke in there.

/Not a very good one.
 
2014-05-17 02:33:56 PM

jake_lex: enry: I told 'em to get the undercoating.

see, you don't get that Trucoat, you're gonna get oxidation, and you'll pay a heckuva lot more...


...and I'm paying nineteen-five for that soccer field!
 
2014-05-17 02:34:05 PM
To be fair, after we take out kickbacks to the Pentagon, lobbying dollars, bonuses for no-bid contractor execs, hazard pay to contractor employees, bribes to local warlords, and the dollar value of materials and tools that were walked off-site, that was probably a $10,000 soccer field.
 
2014-05-17 02:34:44 PM

Prophet of Loss: So a grass field located in a desert, maintained by improved people without steady access to running water and electricity, is now a dirt field?


The problem is not the grass. Soccer doesn't really need grass. Dirt field is good enough, gods know I've played plenty on a dirt field. But a proper soccer field have to have the following:

Drainage. The field should not be destroyed by rains.
Change rooms and showers. No need to have something fancy, just a simple pipe with a bunch of extremely cheap separated cabins without the roof of floor, even, with showerheads runnign from the pipe. It doesn't even need to be washed or anything.
Toilets. Without toilets there is no civilization.
Lights. In Iraq, sunset is at 18.00 to 19.00, and it's pitch black afterwards. It's important to have electric lights to allow playing in the field in the evening, after the work hours.
Fencing, to stop the ball flying away. Present, apparently.

It shouldn't cost a million, not in the Iraqi economy. But those are necessary things, as opposed to grass, and yet absent.
 
2014-05-17 02:36:37 PM
The soccer fields were fine until Y2K hit.  They didn't upgrade the software and that's what happens.
 
2014-05-17 02:36:54 PM

TV's Vinnie: We tried. The Iraqis obviously just don't give a sh*t.


We tried to help but the Iraqi people just aren't freedom-loving enough. I think we should try helping the Iranians next because I've heard how the people there actually like us despite their government. Our assistance should six weeks, I doubt six months, and it'll pay for itself.
 
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