Tuesday, May 13, 2008

See no corruption

The Bush administration repeatedly ignored corruption at the highest levels within the Iraqi government and kept secret potentially embarrassing information so as not to undermine its relationship with Baghdad, according to two former State Department employees.

Arthur Brennan, who briefly served in Baghdad as head of the department's Office of Accountability and Transparency last year, and James Mattil, who worked as the chief of staff, told Senate Democrats on Monday that their office was understaffed and its warnings and recommendations ignored.

Ex-officials: Bush admin. ignored Iraq corruption - AP

Par for the course. In its defense, the Administration could always argue that it is just as determined to prevent malfeasance in the Iraqi government as it is in our own. (Call it "Bush normal.")

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