Pentagon is criticized over Iraq billing
Well, I’ll be damned. It looks like someone has finally realized that there might be something fishy about Halliburton’s no-bid contract in Iraq.
Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress berated the Pentagon for withholding information about Halliburton’s disputed billing under a $2.5 billion contract for Iraqi oil site repairs and fuel imports.
Saying the Pentagon is acting as if ‘it has something to hide,’ Representative Christopher Shays, a Republican from Connecticut, said at a hearing Tuesday that he would support issuing a subpoena to the Pentagon next week if it did not provide long-requested documents relating to the contract, which was awarded to Halliburton in early 2003 without competition.
As expected, Democratic congressman are not happy about the contact, and want to find out what happened to all that money. But the interesting thing about this article is it points to some pissed off Republicans, too. A bipartisan investigation should have no problem getting some answers. And those answers are not going to be good for some people in the White House *cough*Cheney*cough*