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June 13, 2005

Sign the Petition

-- by Dave Johnson

IRAQ ACTION ALERT!

Expose Republican corruption.

Iraq Deserves a Truman Commission

... During World War II, Harry Truman established what became known as the Truman Commission. The Commission consisted of a group of dedicated public servants who were committed to examining all financial and military transactions related to the war effort. Their work served to expose and eliminate any waste, mismanagement, or corruption which could have detracted from the effectiveness of Allied troops. The accountability and efficiency which they helped to create and defend was pivotal to winning the war.

[. . .] In 2004, the American public became aware that Halliburton - the company with perhaps more ties to the White House than any other and a recipient of billions of dollars worth of reconstruction contracts - had been overcharging the Army for gasoline, inflating its profits at the expense of our troops. Then, earlier this year, the Special Inspector General for the Iraqi Reconstruction released a study stating that nothing less than $9 billion dollars in reconstruction money - nearly 5 percent of the total amount of money spent on the War - could not be accounted for. And just last week, new reports revealed that approximately $100 million theoretically spent on small yet vital building projects between 2003 and 2004 has simply disappeared, most likely into a black hole of unchecked fraud and incompetence.

Sign the petition for a commission to find out where the money went.

Posted by Dave Johnson at June 13, 2005 5:14 PM

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The quoting or blocking in this note is messing up the whole blog.

Posted by: richard at June 13, 2005 5:35 PM

All fixed. What would I do without you?

Posted by: Dave Johnson at June 13, 2005 5:43 PM

Iraq needs a Truman committee? Bullshit, what is needed is a resolution of inquiry, impeachement, conviction, and extradition to the Hague for the whole damned crew.

Posted by: Vinnie at June 13, 2005 6:14 PM

Halliburton - the company with perhaps more ties to the White House than any other and a recipient of billions of dollars worth of reconstruction contracts - had been overcharging the Army for gasoline, inflating its profits at the expense of our troops.

This is actually false, Haliburton was overcharged by a third-party gasoline supplier in the region, and they just transfered the price to the military. They did, however, eventually work it out. This is not an example of corruption but of the inherent inefficiency of large organizations (especially the Federal government)

Posted by: Pericles at June 13, 2005 8:23 PM

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