Friday, October 29, 2004

Halliburton Happens

The Moose is not surprised that a potential corporate scandal could embarrass the Bush Administration at the eleventh hour.

There truly is a God. If the voters wanted a sign about the essential nature of the Bush Administration they certainly received it last night in an Associated Press report,

"The FBI has begun investigating whether the Pentagon improperly awarded no-bid contracts to Halliburton...

The line of inquiry expands an earlier FBI investigation into whether Halliburton overcharged taxpayers for fuel in Iraq, and it elevates to a criminal matter the election-year question of whether the Bush administration showed favoritism to Vice President Dick Cheney's former company. "

Oh, the unfairness of it all! It's the corporate crony equivalent of the 2000 election eve Bush DUI arrest story. In fact, since they took office, the Bush Administration has been inebriated on the alliance of corporate and political power. They have lived by the credo what's good for the boardroom is good for America. Only recently, the President signed a corporate tax bill that showered goodies on the well-heeled despite the war and the deficit.

War profiteering knows no limit in this Administration. It has been widely reported that many folks are making big bucks on this war. Now, don't get the Moose wrong. He is all for business and he shares no Michael Moore quasi-Marxist illusions that economic interests is what drove the U.S. to war. And, the argument is not necessarily that Cheney intervened to assist his former company get a no-bid contract. It actually comes natural for this Administration to ask nothing of the comfortable and to demand everything of the military in this unusual war.

True hawks should be outraged about war profiteering. They should realize that if we are going to maintain domestic support for a long struggle there must be a new prevailing ethic in the White House.
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