A Legacy of Wasted Money in Iraq

A review of the American involvement in Iraq shows billions of dollars that have been wasted on projects that somehow never happened or are incomplete.

Numerous reports cite several audits that reflect a legacy of waste in Iraq. A $40-million dollar prison that is currently unused sits in the desert near Baghdad. A $165-million dollar children's hospital in the southern city of Basra remains closed because the facility is unable to connect to the electricity grid. A $100-million dollar water treatment plant was built near Falluijah, but sewage still runs through the city streets. Throughout the war years, an estimated $5-billion dollars has gone to waste.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acknowledges that mistakes have been made, A spokesman for the Corps points out that steps have been taken to correct the mistakes.

Despite the trail of wasteful spending, there is evidence of some good developments. U.S. taxpayer dollars have helped to rebuild and refurbish Iraqi schools. Neighborhood water distribution centers have been established. Plus, $20-billion dollars has been used to help train and equip the Iraqi security forces. There is hope the good projects will prevail and spur more development for Iraq's future.

Kelly Wright is a general assignment reporter for Fox News Channel (FNC), based in the Washington, D.C. bureau. He is also a co-host on "America's News Headquarters" on Saturdays (1:00-2:00 PM/ET). Wright previously served as a co-host on "Fox & Friends Weekend." Click here for more information on Kelly Wright