Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Bush Strategy On Bad News From Iraq -- Kill The Messenger

Congress has set a 2007 termination date for the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction at the behest of the Bush administration, removing the source of a series of audit reports that have been critical of the administration's efforts.

That's the way the Bush Administration wants to handle bad news from Iraq -- kill the messenger.

Stuart W. Bowen Jr., a former Bush aide whom the president appointed as special inspector general in January 2004, has issued a series of reports and audits on a reconstruction effort dogged by incessant insurgent attacks and mismanagement.

Democrats, who support such fact-finding missions over empty spin, supported Bowen's efforts. In fact, the conservative Washington Times reports Senate Democrats backed an amendment that would have given Bowen authority over about $6 billion of new funds for Iraq. But that plan was nixed by House Republicans.

Bowen's basic mission has been to monitor about $21 billion in special money called the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund.

In his last report to Congress in July, Bowen said his office had initiated 236 investigations and issued 65 reports that produced savings of more than $10 million. He warned of growing corruption in Iraq that threatened to sap rebuilding efforts at the rate of $4 billion a year in Iraqi funds.

2 Comments:

Anonymous pat_k said...

As in a Medieval Occupation -- the job of Messenger is once again a very dangerout business.


MESSENGER
Messengers were lesser diplomats of the lord who carried receipts, letters, and commodities. The occupation of a Messenger was often dangerous. If the message delivered was less than favorable the Messenger was often the victim of the incurred anger of the recipient leading to the saying "Don't kill the messenger". Messengers were eventually made exempt from punishment by Law due to the news they delivered.


Purging the "messengers" from within your own ranks sends the same message Medieval lords sent when they returned them maimed or dead. (You send this, or any similar message my way, you will suffer the same fate.

Guess we need to re-establish the messenger protection laws. Wait a minute. We have them. Whistleblower protection.

To bad the King Members of Congress refuse to Impeach would never enforce such laws.

And round and round we go.

2:34 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Bush and his Repuke controlled congress would keep the U.S. in Iraq until after every last penny of the national treasury has been spent -- for the next 100-years over, until after a national draft has been instituted to cover for our weakened military, until after more than 5,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed, until after more than 1 million Iraqi citizens are dead, until after Afghanistan falls into complete control of the Taliban, until after Al Queda launches even more attacks on the U.S. and the world, until after his wife and his dog Sparky tell him to get out of Iraq, until after...

7:08 PM  

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