Someone at Halliburton just popped a boner…
Looks like we’re going to have to play some more Follow The Money:
President Bush, under election-year pressure from Democrats and some fellow Republicans over Iraq, promised on Saturday to step up the pace of spending on reconstruction contracts in that country despite the violence.
Bush cited what he called â€œsteady progressâ€ in Iraq to counter warnings by his Democratic presidential rival, Sen. John Kerry, that the situation in reality was deteriorating.
Bush said more than $9 billion would be spent on contracts in the next â€œseveral monthsâ€ to rebuild Iraqi schools, refurbish hospitals, repair bridges, upgrade the electrical grid and modernize the communication system, although congressional aides and some administration officials said spending would increase more slowly.
So even administration officials are saying the Bush is lying.
Bush on Saturday also touted efforts to train Iraqi security forces. He said nearly 100,000 â€œfully trained and equippedâ€ Iraqi soldiers, police officers and other security personnel were already working and that the Iraqi government was on track to build a force of over 200,000 security personnel by the end of 2005.
Documents prepared by Defense Department officials and given to lawmakers showed fewer than 100,000 would be trained by the end of this year. They also showed that of the nearly 90,000 now in the police force, only 8,169 had the full eight-week academy training.
Whoops! Lied again.
Thanks Jeebus he’s not a flip-flopper. At least with a liar you know what to expect…