Pentagon Official Talking To The FBI
...about Halliburton's no-bid contracts, as it happens. Behold:
The FBI has begun investigating whether the Pentagon improperly awarded no-bid contracts to Halliburton Co., seeking an interview with a top Army contracting officer and collecting documents from several government offices.
advertisement....it elevates to a criminal matter the election-year question of whether the Bush administration showed favoritism to Vice President Dick Cheney’s former company.
FBI agents this week sought permission to interview Bunnatine Greenhouse, the Army Corps of Engineers’ chief contracting officer who went public last weekend with allegations that her agency unfairly awarded KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary, no-bid contracts worth billions of dollars for work in Iraq, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Asked about the documents, Greenhouse’s lawyers said Thursday their client will cooperate but that she wants whistle-blower protection from Pentagon retaliation.
Couple this with the massive amounts of missing explosives from Al Qaqaa(pronounce that aloud. Isn't life hilarious sometimes?)--and wasn't that what we were supposed to be securing in Iraq?--which Bush only yesterday began to answer, and you have what was called a "perfect storm" of political shit for Bush and it's less than a week until the election.
The pattern for this administration for dealing with bad news has been, pretty consistently, to count on the presumed ADD of the U.S. public. When possible they either ignore bad news, or hope it goes into the void by the classic method of announcing it on a Friday (as few read the Saturday papers). But most often they hope that if they wait a story out for a sufficient time, it will simply be forgotten and therefore lose its force. To deny or even acknowledge is never even their second choice, because that can only add fuel to the fire. Better to let entropy take its grip. This worked all the way back to 2000. You may recall the media blasting you with the word "chad" until you just didn't give a shit anymore. And that's how Bush eased his way into the presidency, our weariness. We didn't even care as much as the people of East Timor about fighting to protect our democracy, and I think we got the president we deserved. We needed to be taught what happens when you let an illegitimate fool become president.
Because, as Rush Limbaugh so likes to say, words have meanings and actions have consequences. This is a president who, throughout his life, has never once had to work to succeed at anything, whose daddy and friends thereof made everything nice and cozy for him. As he said in 1992, "I can get my dad on the phone anytime. Access is power." Then he got the presidency without having even to firmly secure the vote. And none of us did a damn thing to stop that from happening. How else is such a man going to behave, when he knows he hasn't got to deserve or earn anything to get it? He will act like the dictator he once said he'd like to be, because it'd be "a heck of a lot easier"(and we all know how he feels now about "hard work." An illegitimate leader will act illegitimately.
The only people he was answerable to were Daddy's friends, which is to say Dick Cheney's friends. And we can see how well he rewarded their help.
This time they haven't got time to fight these stories and trying to ignore them, as Bush did, has not made them go away. They can only resort to whiny, bitchy personal attacks on Kerry. And Rudy Guiliani, fascinatingly, blamed the troops.
Campaigning for Bush, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani wandered off message when he said troops in Iraq, not the president, bore the responsibility for searching for the explosives.
As John Stewart said, "At last we have a leader with the courage to support the war, and blame the troops." Hey, a poor craftsman blames his tools, no?
"Hey, freedom is messy."--Donald Rumsfeld on the looting of the Iraqi museums
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