May 13, 2002

I'M JUST A BILL :

War profiteering : Cashing in on the post-9/11 defense build-up (Julian E. Barnes, 5/13/02, US News)
In overwhelming numbers, Americans support President Bush's decision to prosecute the war on terror. But it is not immediately clear how a new gym in Texas, a harbor cleanup in California, or raising a Civil War-era ironclad in Virginia do much to advance that war. A veteran congressional aide who specializes in defense issues has written a white paper under the pen name "Spartacus" attacking projects like the Boeing deal that have been inserted in the defense- spending bills since September 11. McCain has demanded investigations of the Boeing deal. "This is clearly war profiteering," he says. "It is obscene."

It is also, in all likelihood, going to happen.


Harry S Truman was a terrible president, but a generally decent and honorable man. The great moment of his public career came when he held war-profiteering investigations during WWII. Even during that great patriotic war, even with the greatest generation fighting, corporate scum and their political lap dogs laded bills with pork and produced dubious equipment. The same thing is inevitably going on now, but one doubts there are any Trumans around to stop them. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2002 7:11 AM
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