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November 05, 2006

Death of a Federal Oversight Program

A successful investigation of the wrong things will do that in a GOP environment. They want to prevent oversight of any kind on those federal programs that benefit their GOP friends or show them in a bad light. According to an article in the New York Times on Friday, as reported by un figlio della sinistra, a diarist at DailyKos, Special Inspector General Stewart Bowen's office has been shut down and he is expected to turn his inspections over to other offices and close this investigation by Oct. 2007:

The clause was inserted by the Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee over the objections of Democratic counterparts during a closed-door conference, and it has generated surprise and some outrage among lawmakers who say they had no idea it was in the final legislation.

Why it was only last Monday when the New York Times wrote about a report that Bowen's office issued about the lack of tracking of US armaments sent to Iraq. Here's what I said at the time in a piece I titled "Beyond Comprehension":

The American military has not been tracking weapons sent to the Iraqi security forces.  According to an article in the New York Times by James Glanz, Senator John Warner, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, asked for an assessment in May of how the logistics operation for the Iraqi Reconstruction and military operations. 

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There were also significant discrepancies in the numbers of weapons purchased and those in Iraqi warehouses. While 176,866 semiautomatic pistols were purchased with American money, just 163,386 showed up in warehouses — meaning that more than 13,000 were unaccounted for. All 751 of the M1-F assault rifles sent to Iraq were missing, and nearly 100 MP-5 machine guns.

Oh my goodness. No wonder the Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to prevent one or both chambers of Congress to become Democratic.

Posted by Lynn Allen on November 5, 2006 at 10:31 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


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