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Now that the election is over and the accusatory rhetoric from both parties is subsiding a bit, KSL hopes our elected officials will take a closer look at a disturbing report on military arms that came out during the heat of the campaign season.

The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction found huge discrepancies in American military records on where thousands of weapons intended for Iraqi security forces have gone. It is believed many of the weapons, paid for by American taxpayers, may have ended up in the hands of Iraqi insurgents, only to be used against American soldiers.

If true - and it seems it is - it is another despicable example of government incompetence and what happens when Uncle Sam goes on a spending spree without effective controls and proper accountability.

We saw it on the home front a year ago with Katrina when empty trailers and "free" credit cards made headlines. And we're seeing it with apparent regularity in Iraq where allegations of abuse by civilian contractors and vendors are rampant.

KSL is concerned that America's taxpayers continue to be fleeced by excessive and wasteful expenditures. Keeping a handle on where the money is going must become a higher priority for every politician with a say in how taxpayer dollars are spent.

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