A new Government Accountability Office report questions conclusions reached in a U.S. assessment of Iraq reconstruction progress. Last September, the Bush administration concluded Iraq’s government had spent 24% of its 2007 capital project budgets as of July 15. But a Jan. 15 GAO study says Iraq’s reports suggest that only 4.4% of the budget had been spent by August. The State Dept. disputes GAO’s findings, claiming that GAO fails to accurately portray the “tangible progress” Iraq has made.
Iraq: GAO Questions Rebuilding Progress
January 23, 2008