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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Follow the Money

Janis Karpinski, former Abu Ghraib General, exposes the looting and corruption in Iraq:
"I had been hesitant to speak out before because this Administration is so vindictive. But now I will... Anybody who confronts this Administration or Rumsfeld or the Pentagon with a true assessment, they find themselves either out of a job, out of their positions, fired, relieved or chastised. Their career comes to an end."

Karpinski reveals that there was "no sustainment plan" because "there were a lot of contractors - US contractors exclusively - who realized they could make a lot of money in Iraq." At the Coalition Provisional Authority, Karpinski "saw corruption like I've never seen before - millions of dollars just being pocketed by contractors. Everything was on a cash basis at that time," she said. "You take a request down - literally, you take a request to the Finance Office. If the Pay Officer recognized your face and you were asking for $450,000 to pay a contractor for work, they would pay you in cash: $450,000. Out of control."
Go read the rest, and pass it on. If Karpinski's case, gets any media play, it may be the hair that finally breaks The Elephant's back... And then we can start rebuilding, what they have so earnestly destroyed for personal gain.

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