Yet again, there is evidence that the Democrats' victory in last November's midterm elections is going to change the news agenda. An old story from Iraq saw the light of day purely because a House committee has the power to convene hearings into the mindboggling details.
Can anyone imagine what $12bn in cash looks like? That was the value of Iraq's frozen assets that were confiscated by the US as part of the sanctions against Saddam Hussein's regime and returned to Baghdad after the US occupied. ABC's Jake Tapper (subscription required) painted the picture: "484 pallets of bills each weighing 1,500 lbs were flown into Iraq." Then it was distributed "in almost comical ways," CBS' David Martin told us, out of duffle bags, from the backs of cars, to ghost employees. What happened to the cash? "There are no good answers," Tapper shrugged.
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