"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public ." - Theodore Roosevelt, 1918
Halliburton Army Deals
Bunny Greenhouse, the Army Corps of Engineeer's top contracting official-turned whistle-blower, said in testimony at a June 27, 2005 hearing by Democrats on Capitol
Hill, that Halliburton's deals in Iraq "represents the most blatant and improper contract abuse I have witnessed during the course of my (20 year) professional career". Pentagon audits have recently revealed $1.03 billion "questioned" costs and $422 million in "unsupported" costs for Halliburton's work in Iraq. Halliburton's KBR subsidiary is the U.S. military's biggest contractor in Iraq and has been accused of getting lucrative work there because of its ties to Vice President Dick Cheny, who headed the company from 1995-2000.
Corruption Breeds Terrorism
Saadoun al-Duleimi, current Iraqi Defense Minister, said "I view corruption as an incubator for terrorism". This statement was made after firing "main suspects" in a scandal in which vendors were suspected of "vastly overcharging for substandard equipment, including helicopters, machine guns and armored vehicles and kicking back money to Iraqi Defense Ministry buyers. More than 40 questionable contracts are being investigated...Defective equipment has jeopardized lives of Iraq's vulnerable security forces". (Detroit Free Press, July 15, 2005)
War in Iraq
Army Col. Paul Hughes, first director of strategic planning for the U.S. occupation authority in Baghdad. "We will win every fight and lose the war because we don't understand the war we're in". (Washington Post, 5/9/04)
Retired Army Lt. General William Odem, Director of the National Security Agency during the Reagan Administration, wrote on November 11, 2005 for Harvard School of Journalism's NiemanWatchdog.org that while George Bush wants to bring democracy and stability to the Middle East, the only way to achieve that goal is for the US armed forces to get out of Iraq now.
The True Cost of Medicare "Reform"
Richard S. Foster, Chief Actuary of Medicare and Medicaid, said he was warned he would be fired if he revealed that the $395 billion projected cost of Medicare prescription drug reform legislation (passed in December 2003) was at least $100 billion too low. Said Foster, " There is a strong likelihood that I will have to resign in protest of the withholding important technical information from key policy makers for political reasons."
Abuse of Abu Ghraib Prisoners in Iraq
Specialist Joseph M. Darby, "I knew I had to do something. I didn't want to see any more prisoners being abused because it knew it was wrong." (NY Times - 5/22/04)