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U.S. Bridges? F#cked. The Money to Fix Them? In Iraq

"I often wonder why so much lip service is given to 'national defense' and almost none given to having something to defend."
 
 
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We all know about the billions of dollars being shoveled into Iraq, much of it into the hands of unaccountable private contractors.

Here at home, our basic infrastructure is falling apart:

It would cost at least $140 billion to repair all the nation's bridges if work began immediately, a nationwide safety organization said in a comprehensive report Monday.

"States simply cannot keep up with bridge maintenance," the report warns, adding that 73 percent of U.S. road traffic -- and 90 percent of truck traffic -- travels over state-owned bridges.

Jill Hussein C. blogs at Brilliant at Breakfast .