is it possible that there is corruption in the US gov?
F.B.I. Investigating Contracts With Halliburton
By ERIK ECKHOLM
I think this is the same article....
Army staffer: Halliburton case 'worst abuse' FBI widens investigation, company sees election ploy in allegations
NBC, MSNBC and news services Updated: 10:58 a.m. ET Oct. 29, 2004
Oh no! Not at all! The US government is squeaky clean!
They would neeeeeever to any thing like THAT!
Is it possible that the pope is catholic? Is it possible that water is wet?
ALL GOVERMENTS ARE CORUPT! It's easy to see that all of them are corrupt thats why its so easy for the watchtower to point to gods kingdom as some sort of idiot cure for this stuff...
well i personally was shocked at the possibility that this fountain of democracy and justice in this world might be corruped after all.
Realist.... take the timber from your own eye.... (I mean that as a joke)
Of course politics are corrupt. Especially at the top. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Cheney doesn't care if Bush wins or not... (IMHO) ... he already has millions and will retire very comfortably. Some administrations are just less corrupt than others.
What gets me is the worst that Clinton did - the $5,000 haircut and the Monica affair is peanuts compared to this administration.
Personally, I'd like to be able to afford a $5,000 haircut. I don't want the haircut, I just want to be able to AFFORD it.
Sure it is possible, even probable. However, all is not as it appears. When a company like Halliburton gets a "no bid" contract like this, it is cost plus fixed percentage fee. The only consideration is whether or not they have or can get the resources to do the job. Their costs are subject to audit "after the fact" and are frequently disallowed. The Engineers that I know who are returning from active duty military tours in Irag with the Corp of Engineers tell me that KBR is doing an excellent job working in a very dangerous environment. I didn't notice too many companies falling over themselves trying to get that work for themselves. These charges seem to be "old stuff" and appear to be politically motivated.
umm no clinton did a lot worse... how about the time he bombed an asprin factory in Iraq to try to get public attention away from the lewenski scandal? How about the fraud that Hillary commited to make money off drug companies. How about their illegal real estate scams. I'm not saying that he's alone in his corruption by a LONG dang shot but don't play like he was practicaly an innocent....
Touche' MKR and thx for the corrections. But bombing an asprin factory vs invasion of a country on falsified intelligence to divert our attention away from his attempts at drilling for oil in Alaska that would be gobbled in 6 days, relaxing pollution controls, etc., etc., etc. when he should have been concentrating on our buddie Osama and cleaning up Afghanistan first.
In his invasion, a weapons depoe was not adequately guarded and now we have 300+ tons of high-grade explosives missing. The museum in Bagdad was not guarded and now thousands of years of historic, priceless antiquities have been looted and sold on the underground. And so on.
Clinton may have been lax in "pushing the button". And the bombing of the asprin factory was (if I remember right) in response to the bombing of the USS Cole, done so on bad intelligence. But IMO Bush has had the Iraq agenda on his plate since before attaining Presidential office. A means to rectify "daddy's mistake", and make a great name for himself as a winning wartime president. It may also be part of his making up for not serving during the VietNam war. "Fortunate Son" that he is.
No, Bill and Hillary aren't blame-free. I think many right hearted people who enter politics and achieve high levels of political power can't help but be overtaken by the corruption. (I'm not even saying Bill and Hillary are right-hearted). Like I quoted "Absolute power corrupts absolutely". It's just how much corruption at the top are "we" willing to gulp down. I guess we'll see by Wednesday Nov-3rd.
I don't disagree that the Haliburton investigation is politically motivated. And there are very few companies in the US and in the world that have the resources to do the things Haliburton has done for the US in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I gotta say that I appreciate George Sr. for staying out of the politicing (sp) for his son. I had/have great respect for him as a president. None for his son.
PS I'd still like to be able to afford that $5,000 haircut... Take the money and cut my own hair in the bathroom!