Monday, October 17, 2005
Another impeachable offence?
David Brancaccio interviews U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official Bunny Greenhouse, who was demoted after blowing the whistle on alleged contractor fraud and abuse involving exclusive, non-compete contracts worth billions of dollars to Halliburton and its subsidiary KBR, which have since been awarded new government work in the rebuilding of the gulf coast.
I just learned something that might be common knowledge. If it is, it makes me ask once again: why hasn't anyone pushed for articles of impeachment? If it's not widely known, it needs to be.
What I learned is this: remember that first scandalous multi-billion-dollar no-bid contract given to Halliburton (K.B.R.) when the Iraq war was launched? Well, it was not a one-year contract. It was a FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT.
This might seem minor. But it does mean (or at least strongly suggest) that the Bush administration had PLANNED on being in Iraq for at least 5 years. Does it not?
Greenhouse was demoted for complaining about this.
If a five-year occupation of Iraq was foreseen, then clearly Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld all lied about their plans/intent regarding the Iraq war -- that much is clear. As far as I know, just because they weren't technically "under oath" doesn't exonerate them. In any case, Congress needs to get off their collective asses and lead some investigations. If you can force a president to testify under oath about his personal private sex life, surely you can force a president to testify under oath about his foreign policy misdeeds. No?
Add to this the fact that several high-ups in the administration apparently commited a felony AND probably perjury (Rove) in outing covert CIA operative Valerie Plame in order to smear Joe Wilson and intimidate any other potential whistle-blowers -- the real scandal here being NOT merely blowing Plame's cover, but the fact that this was part of a larger white-wash/coverup. The administration was trying to cover its ass, because people were actually coming out and observing that they had deliberately lied about WMDs in order to justify their pre-conceived invasion.
Give me one reason why Bush and Cheney should not be subject to several investigations here?
Subpoena all the documents. Make the bastards testify. Put them under oath.
And then, lock them up and throw away the key.