Friday, July 13, 2007

Three Guys Walk In, $282 Million Walks Out

So let's get the straight. In the NY Times yesterday, an article said and I'll quote for those who haven't registered online:

BAGHDAD, July 11 — In an astonishing heist, guards at a bank here made off with more than a quarter-billion dollars on Wednesday, according to an official at the Interior Ministry.

The robbery, of $282 million from the Dar Es Salaam bank, a private financial institution, raised more questions than it answered, and officials were tight-lipped about the crime. The local police said two guards engineered the robbery, but an official at the Interior Ministry said three guards were involved.

Both confirmed that the stolen money was in American dollars, not Iraqi dinars. It was unclear why the bank had that much money on hand in dollars, or how the robbers managed to move such a large amount without being detected.


Several officials speculated that the robbers had connections to the militias, because it would be difficult for them to move without being searched through many checkpoints in Baghdad
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Just "three guards" did that and nobody saw a thing. Wait, don't they mean "Three Kings?"

I once read a short story that explained how much space a million dollars actually took up, though I can't remember where it is. Still, let's think about this, the bills would probably be not in $1,000 dollar bills, but in smaller denominations.

We're talking $282 million dollars here, most likely in denominations of twenties. That would certainly take up more space than the bed of a full ton truck. And all those so-called "other guards" would have to look the other way while they moved this considerable haul.

They would also have to get through all the checkpoints and for that to happen, don't count against the fact that a good portion of that money did not fall into the hands of our enemies. Yet, this only merits four paragraphs? Yet, Illresident Shrub believes that we can win this thing?

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4 Comments:

Blogger jewgirl said...

do not think me unpatriotic, please. I love my country. hate the current administration.

that said...

I think bushy and CHAINey gave them the money and he wanted it back!

who walks out of a bank with 282 million us dollars in baghdad and gets away with it?!?!? um. BUSH/CHAINey that's who.

Sat Jul 14, 08:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Rhetorically Sterculian said...

"...Illresident Shrub believes that we can win this thing?...."

Perhaps he defines 'winning' differently than the average American does.
Perhaps the average American does not really know (nor do they care to know) what the US Government is required to do in order to ensure the average American has a cheap and plentiful supply of all the world's resources.

Sat Jul 14, 09:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Katie-lah,

That was my first instinct, my second was Haliburton, my third was one of the spy agencies, and then I mulled it over and believed the article.

After all Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of coalition forces operating in the region south of Baghdad has grudgingly admitted that "Iraqi police are either not competent or they are corrupt."

Sat Jul 14, 02:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Sterculian,

If you follow polls instead of politcos, apparently the American public is finally fed up with this. Still, nothing is worse than a country that is beholden to a lame duck/lame dick and a dickhead that doesn't have to answer to the people.

Sat Jul 14, 02:16:00 PM PDT  

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