For those who don’t know what I’m referring to, this history lesson is worth reading. At a time of war, probably at a time of the greatest threat to our nation since the revolution, Harry Truman did his patriotic duty and demanded accountability from the military. He led probably the greatest example of congressional oversight in the last 75 years. Remember, at this time the Senate was heavily democratic– 66 Dems to 28 Republicans (1 Progressive, 1 Independent) and the House too– 267 Democrats, 162 Republicans, 3 Progressives, 1 American Labor, 1 Farmer-Labor, 1 Independent Democrat.
Imagine if WW2 was going on right now. Do you think any Senator would be bold enough to lead a committee whose sole responsibility is to investigate how the military is spending it’s money? I doubt it. John McCain could have been just as much of a hawk 3 years ago and would have kept his ‘maverick’ independent, straight-talker trait had he decided this type of oversight is patriotic. Instead, he, along with the rest of the GOP machine put party before country and put their heads in the sand, and as a result, his presidential prospects in the toilet.
And what we end up with, are stories like this, from CNN:
The indictment alleges that from 2003 through December 2005, Whiteford, Harrison, Wheeler and Morris conspired with Stein, Bloom and Hopfengardner to rig bids so Bloom won $8.6 million in contracts. In exchange, Bloom allegedly provided them with more than $1 million in cash, automobiles, jewelry, computers, travel, liquor and promises of jobs. Driver allegedly received a Cadillac Escalade as a bribe and used illegally obtained cash to make improvements to his and Harrison’s home, according to the indictment. Bloom also allegedly used foreign bank accounts to launder more than $2 million in cash that was stolen from the authority. Efforts to reach the defendants for comment were unsuccessful Wednesday afternoon.
and other stories, like this, from Bloomberg News:
“We have no way of knowing if the cash that was shipped into the green zone ended up in enemy hands,” Waxman, a California Democrat, said at today’s hearing. “We owe it to the American people to do everything we can to find out where the $12 billion went.”
Do you guys realize how much that amount of cash weighs? One estimate I heard was 250 tons. 250 tons. That’s the same as about 30 elephants. Where the hell did that money go? This was cold hard, American cash. Literally, suitcases and suitcases filled with cash. What the hell happened to it?
Is anyone ever going to be held accountable for all of this?
The Democrats better stand-up and start to hold this administration to account. The American people threw them the reigns in ’06; they better start acting like they deserve to hold them. Quick, can anyone name the 6 items in the 100 hour agenda? Yeah, that had a lot of staying power…..