07/17/2006 10:54 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Halliburton's Fleecing Ends

While soldiers were afraid to shower for fear of getting nasty bacterial infections, KBR managers charged the Pentagon for luxurious rooms with crystal clear water at the Kempinski Hotel on the ``unpolluted azure coastline'' of Kuwait for $10,000 a month, according to former Halliburton employee Marie DeYoung.

How could the Bush administration stand by and pay up while the troops were so poorly treated? The same way L. Paul Bremer, the U.S.'s former top official in Iraq, could get a Medal of Freedom even as a draft audit of the Coalition Provisional Authority shows that $8.8 billion went unaccounted for on his watch. At the same time, for telling auditors about those 5,000 daily meals not served (adding up to over $200 million), poor Rory Mayberry was banished to a hardship posting in Fallujah.

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