Tuesday :: Aug 28, 2007
Who's Really Arming The Insurgents?
Exactly how good a manager is General Petraeus? Pretty bad, it appears:
Several federal agencies are investigating a widening network of criminal cases involving the purchase and delivery of billions of dollars of weapons, supplies and other matériel to Iraqi and American forces, according to American officials. The officials said it amounted to the largest ring of fraud and kickbacks uncovered in the conflict here.
The inquiry has already led to several indictments of Americans, with more expected, the officials said. One of the investigations involves a senior American officer who worked closely with Gen. David H. Petraeus in setting up the logistics operation to supply the Iraqi forces when General Petraeus was in charge of training and equipping those forces in 2004 and 2005, American officials said Monday.But I’m sure Petraeus knew nothing about what was happening underneath him. The question is why, given that the suspect is a Lieutenant Colonel who reported directly to him and worked closely with him. And yet the Army’s Inspector General is opening a large inquiry into how weapons, munitions, and explosives have been lost and misused at a time when the White House wants to blame Iran for arming the insurgents.