Sunday, May 06, 2007

A few days ago, Special Inspector General Stuart Bowen produced another in a series of reports showing the Iraqi reconstruction efforts to be going poorly. Very poorly.

Recall Bowen is the inspector the GOP (specifically presidential candidate Duncan Hunter) tried to do away with last year via a middle-of-the-night-inserted provision in a bill -- a bill that was completed, meaning party negotiations were finished so no more changing allowed. Also, note that Hunter gets half his campaign contributions from defense contractors. (Reminder: Hunter wants to be your president). Nonetheless, his chicanery was discovered and stopped.

Yet we now learn that Bowen himself is under investigation, spear-headed by the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, which is "drawn from the executive branch; its chairman is Clay Johnson III, deputy budget director and longtime friend of the president."

But we're told not to worry, that this investigation based on "fairly narrow issues" is not payback to punish or intimidate Bowen. Oh, thank goodness. I believe them. I mean why not, since this administration would never use bully tactics to influence anyone, right?

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