Looking for violations of ethics and integrity in government always yields interesting results. Our federal government points fingers at developing countries for their crude corruption thousands of miles away. But they are slow to recognize the more sophisticated fraud in our country where the financial stakes are much higher. We often don't call it corruption because the actors wear expensive suits.
In Iraq, billions of tax dollars have flowed in for reconstruction, in pallet after pallet of $100 bills. The U.S. special inspector general for Iraq was asked to account for it but hasn't been able to track down more than $50 billion with reports of senior U.S. officials involved in large-scale corruption.
Billions more are going to "Beltway Bandit" subcontractors, many in no-bid contracts. Research the consulting firm Tetra Tech DPK and you'll find they were hired to implement "rule of law" programs in Afghanistan. Ironically, their consultants have been staying in a five-star hotel in Kabul for five months at $400 per night teaching Afghans how to fly kites, literally.