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Peninsula readers' letters: Sept. 6
From Daily News Group readers Posted: 09/05/2011 05:48:21 PM PDTUpdated: 09/05/2011 08:59:45 PM PDT
Dear Editor: A new report by the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan to be released Wednesday to Congress concludes that over the past decade, $30 billion was wasted. Taxpayers have spent a total of $206 billion on contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than $40 billion of this was awarded to KBR. In fact, KBR and 21 other companies accounted for more than half of the total. An additional $38.5 billion went to "miscellaneous foreign contractor."
An aide to former secretary of state Colin Powell has hit out at Dick Cheney, saying the former vice president fears being tried as a war criminal. Cheney's deceit is indeed of Shakespearean proportions, as evidenced in his new memoir. For the former vice president, lying comes so easily that one must assume he takes the pursuit of truth to be nothing more than a reckless indulgence.
The bigger the lie is, the more people are apt to believe it, because they can't possibly believe you would dare to tell such a big lie unless it was the truth.
Ted Rudow III, MA