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Waste and fraud found in war reconstruction contracts, watchdogs say

2 February, 2009

Associated Press
February 2, 2009

Today the Commission on Wartime Contracting will hold its first hearing.   According to The Associated Press, the prepared testimony of both the deputy inspector general and the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, claims that…

Poor planning, weak oversight and greed combined to soak U.S. taxpayers and undermine American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, government watchdogs tell a new commission examining waste and corruption in wartime contracts.

Was there anyone who doubted that money was being squandered by the Bush administration in this invasion of Iraq or that contacts close to the administration were raking in fortunes?  Certainly we all suspected that Dick Cheney’s Halliburton as well as others like Kellogg Brown and Root (a former subsidiary of Halliburton) might be enriching pockets other than those of Iraquis.

In any case, the committee will not have six months to delve into the 154 criminal investigations that have so far resulted from taking a closer look at possible crimes.  We can always hope that not everyone is going to simply get a pass, while the taxpayers foot the bill once again for greed and corruption.

Read the brief here in the L.A. Times.

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