Friday, November 03, 2006

The Republican Way

The New York Times has a post up on the latest scumbag play by the Republicans in Iraq.

Investigations led by a Republican lawyer named Stuart W. Bowen Jr. in Iraq have sent American occupation officials to jail on bribery and conspiracy charges, exposed disastrously poor construction work by well-connected companies like Halliburton and Parsons, and discovered that the military did not properly track hundreds of thousands of weapons it shipped to Iraqi security forces.

And tucked away in a huge military authorization bill that President Bush signed two weeks ago is what some of Mr. Bowen’s supporters believe is his reward for repeatedly embarrassing the administration: a pink slip.

The order comes in the form of an obscure provision that terminates his federal oversight agency, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, on Oct. 1, 2007. The clause was inserted by the Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee over the objections of Democratic counterparts during a closed-door conference, and it has generated surprise and some outrage among lawmakers who say they had no idea it was in the final legislation.

First, you try to find a hack for oversight. If the "hack" is not fully down with the program, then you get rid of oversight all together ... as quietly as possible ... even if you have to subvert democracy in the process.


  • The truly sad thing about this story is that it doesn't come as a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention the way the republi-thugs have been "governing." It's just more of the same... and when we become innured to such travesties of management (let alone government), it really is the beginning of the end...

    By Blogger Trish Egan & Harold Phillips, at 11:40 PM  

  • Why is it that the same people who worry about all the administrative waste that exist in school systems and social programs, don't seem to bat an eye when the government throws millions of dollars down the toilet to the military or Halliburton?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:49 PM  

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