Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Perspective: Iraq allies dawdle on aid for rebuilding

Foreign countries are billions of dollars delinquent on their pledges to help Iraq rebuild, and four years after the war began, the international reconstruction effort is still mostly funded by the United States.

Some of the biggest deadbeats are Iraq's oil-rich neighbors, such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, which are both about a half-billion dollars in arrears, and the United Arab Emirates, which has failed to make good on one penny of a $215 million promise, according to Iraqi government statistics.

The poor fundraising is another blow to President Bush, who in June assigned a special team to try to get other nations to meet their pledges -- but eight months later has little to show for it.

Read the rest at the Washington Times