So the Inspector General for the State Department Howard Krongard has recused himself from decisions related to the investigation of Blackwater, Erik Prince’s military contracting firm, because his brother is a member of Blackwater’s board of directors.
And we know he only did this AFTER he was whacked by Rep. Elijah Cummings – with evidence that proved conclusively that his brother is a member of Blackwater’s board of directors – for
lying claiming plausible deniability of that fact to the House Oversight Committee.
Why should we care? I mean, really. Why should we care?
After all, the Bush administration has made a religion (Ha! I made a funny…Bush, religion…) out of nepotism and cronyism. Let me refresh your memories with just a few of the most egregious examples:
1. Dick Cheney conducted secret energy policy planning sessions even before this administration took office that included (as far as we can tell – after all, they operated in secrecy) only great and good friends from his oil and energy industry years. Because of this policy, which include stockpiling oil for the strategic reserves in order to drive up oil prices and waging war in Iraq to gain control of their oil resources for American oil companies, Cheney’s cronies (including Cheney himself who has never divested his stock in Halliburton) have made billions, and gas now costs roughly 200% of what it did when the Bush administration took office.
2. Cheney’s wife Lynne has become de facto head of the National Endowment of the Humanities and is using her influence to get rid of pesky issues like historical fact as well as push her main personal agenda, which is to make NEH reflect the thinking of the neocons like her husband and her great and good friend Bill Bennett (Remember him? He was the Education Secretary – and compulsive gambler who thinks himself a moralist – who thought the best thing we could do was get rid of the Department of Education). Though she is not officially head of the agency, close friends are installed at the most important positions.
3. George W. Bush has made No Child Left
Untested Behind the centerpiece of his administration’s train the proles not to think education policy. The initiative, which ruins school system budgets and enriches the testing industry, has made his disgraced brother Neil (he of the S&L scandals) millions of taxpayer dollars selling test prep software to the states forced to help students pass the mind numbing tests required to meet the unfunded federal mandate.
So the Inspector General of the State Department has a brother on the board of directors of Blackwater, USA, making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Because of this he has used his position to provide cover for those who would turn the United States into their own personal ATM’s. Until absolutely shamed and humiliated by The House Oversight Committee, he had no intention of allowing conflict of interest to stop him from making sure the company his brother serves raked in as much money as the American taxpayers would allow them to.
He just doing what his superiors have indicated is the Bush administration way. He’s helping his brother make money – and to hell with what’s right or good for the country.
We’ve done nothing to Bush and Cheney for their actions. We’ve elected a Democratic Congress and they’ve rolled over to have their bellies rubbed at Bush’s command. Why get exercised over Howard Krongard?
Why should we care?