Audit shows $8.8 billion in Iraq funds missing

According to this Reuters story, "At least $8.8 billion in Iraqi funds that was given to Iraqi ministries by the former U.S.-led authority there cannot be accounted for, according to a draft U.S. audit set for release soon." Wouldn't it have been grand if they gave that money to peaceful protesters instead of those beautiful and handy buttons?! We'd all be staying at the Ritz ;-)