Friday, November 03, 2006

Intrepid Iraq auditor let go 


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.

Unbelievable, and yet all too believable.

For background, check these YRHT posts on Bowen here and here. There have been precious few stand-up Republicans who decided loyalty to country was more important than loyalty to Bush. They include Special Inspector General Stuart Bowen, and Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey (who appointed Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate the Plame case).

Prediction: Most conservatives who purport to care about frugal use of their tax dollars and governmental accountability won't hardly make a peep about this.
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