The inquiry has already led to several indictments of Americans, with more expected, the officials said. One of the investigations involves a senior American officer who worked closely with Gen. David H. Petraeus in setting up the logistics operation to supply the Iraqi forces when General Petraeus was in charge of training and equipping those forces in 2004 and 2005, American officials said Monday.Over the past year and more there have been several inquiries and reports into what happened to all the missing US-supplied weapons in Iraq, but all have stopped short of saying arms ended up in the hands of insurgents or that US military personnel profited from corrupt redirection of the weaponry.
General Petreaus himself has been at pains to play down any such possibilities, instead concentrating on spurious fables about hundreds of millions of dollars worth of equipment weighing hundreds of tons being "kicked out of helicopters" in the rush to arm the Iraqi security forces. I have said a few times recently that my nose was twitching, the old bulls**t allergy was acting up again, and there was as yet uncovered criminality involving senior military officers going on. Seems I was right.
now, American officials said, part of the criminal investigation is focused on Lt. Col. Levonda Joey Selph, who reported directly to General Petraeus and worked closely with him in setting up the logistics operation for what were then the fledgling Iraqi security forces.What's more, since Senators were briefed on this back at the start of the month, it's unlikely in the extreme that Petreaus was unaware of it while he was making his excuses.
Questions about whether the American military could account for the weaponry and other equipment purchased to outfit the Iraqi security forces were raised as early as May of last year, when Senator John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia and then the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a request to an independent federal oversight agency to investigate the matter.The Army is despatching its IG, a three-star general, to Iraq with carte blanche to continue investigations. I wonder if they'll also investigate allegations of torture made by some who tried to whistleblow on the arms sale scams?
Amazing what got overlooked today because Fredo quit and another Republican got caught with his pants down, eh?