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Stressed by Two Wars? Take a Cruise

Rose Ellen O’Conner at DC Bureau  August 10, 2011

It was early March 2006 and U.S. wars raged in Iraq and Afghanistan. The death toll for American troops had reached 2,576, and then President George Bush had asked the month earlier for an additional $70 billion in funding for the war, bringing the total for the year to $120 billion. The Army was growing so short on soldiers that it had begun filling out its combat ranks with Navy sailors.

Weeks earlier, the bombing of one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrine in Samarra had sparked what Bush called “a tragic escalation of sectarian rage and reprisal” that had left thousands dead in Iraq. The Pentagon was scrambling for a new strategy.

But not all Washington military insiders were worrying about the war. On March 2, 2006, Navy-secretary-turned-lobbyist William L. Ball III emailed Jean Trotter, a Navy public affairs official, about a taxpayer-funded aircraft carrier cruise he was planning for some of the richest businessmen in the United States. He suggested that Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, who had recently replaced Paul Wolfowitz as Donald Rumsfeld’s number two, might want to join the party

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August 10, 2011 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Department of Defense, Follow the Money, Government Contractor | , , , , , , , ,

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