Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Webb's Commission on Wartime Contracting could have serious consequences

Webb's Commission on Wartime Contracting could have serious political consequences. I was surprised to see that no Virginia blogger covered this story yesterday. The project I am working on keeps me busy and many days I am too busy to blog at all. I'm sure that many other bloggers could say the same, but this is one of those stories that is fraught with potential consequences. Why?

Consider the following facts:

1) It has long been obvious to the American public that there has been massive fraud and waste in the way the Bush administration handled contractors in occupied Iraq. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been misappropriated or just plain stolen.

2) All of the people who committed the crimes described above are Republicans. How do we know this? Because the Bush administration systematically excluded anyone with any connection to the Democratic Party from working on the reconstruction of Iraq. Contracts were strictly limited to contractors that could prove their conservative bona fides.

George W. Bush refused to pursue these crooks because he knew it would reflect badly on the Republican Party. The Commission on Wartime Contracting has the power to refer criminal acts to the Department of Justice for prosecution. It won't be the corrupt Bush Department of Justice that these cases get referred to. Any corruption cases that arise from the CWC investigations will be referred to Obama's Department of Justice, to be headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, who will be sworn into office today.

So it seems likely to me that as our troops gradually pull out of Iraq over the next 16 months, we will also be treated to stories about how highly connected Republican contractors stole billions of dollars from the American people and the Bush administration did nothing to stop it, and in fact encouraged it. Should make for lots of interesting stories in the run up to the 2010 midterm elections.

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