Monday, July 12, 2004

The Public Trust and the Trusting Public 

David Lazarus reports that the President is about to nominate Francis Harvey as Secretary of the Army. Harvey, former COO of a division of defense contractor Westinghouse Electric, sits on the boards of two companies owned, in whole or in part, by the Carlyle Group:
Chris Ullman, a spokesman for the Carlyle Group, said he's confident that Harvey, if appointed Army secretary, won't show any special favors to former business partners.

"There are government rules that dictate how people's official duties are allowed to interact with their former private-sector affiliations," he said. "There are mechanisms in place to assure that the public trust is ensured."
Yup. Just ask former Halliburton chief Dick Cheney.

The Army post has been vacant since May of last year, when Thomas White, formerly of Enron, was shitcanned after a series of highly-publicized rhubarbs with Donald Rumsfeld -- most notably, a scrap over whether to fund the $11 billion Crusader program, which Rumsfeld opposed. The primary contractor for the Crusader artillery gun was United Defense Industries, controlled until April 2004 by -- well, I'm sure you can guess.

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