Monday, December 15, 2003

Halliburton Unit Probed for Possible Overbilling of U.S.

Washington Post

Little-noted paragraph of this story:

"Halliburton didn't profit from that differential, officials said. 'This isn't money that went to the company,' said Larry DiRita, the Pentagon's top spokesman. Rather, he said, the money the Pentagon believes was overcharged went to a private Kuwaiti company that is a subcontractor on the contract."

Call them evil because they mishandled a Kuwaiti subcontractor. But don't call them evil because they're lining their pockets fraudulently with taxpayer money.

UPDATE: Byron York on National Review has an explanation here.

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