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    On Tuesday, August 28th, I reported on DKos    on the  NY Times article by James Glanz and Eric Schmitt related to thousands of missing weapons that in late 2004 and 2005 went through the supply chain at Taji base near Baghdad. Many of these weapons have now been produced in Turkey and were used by the PKK in their efforts to support independence for Kurds in southern Turkey.
   Now, today James Glanz and Eric Schmitt report more details on this expanding investigation. This   NY Times article involves bribes for military contracts from two Kuwait based companies Lee Dynamics International and American Logistics. Both of these companies are partially owned by father and son George Lee and Justin Lee.

    In the first article we learned that a close aide to Gen David Petraeus has been implicated in the thousands of missing weapons including over 100,000 AK-47's and thousands of hand guns like the Glocks that have been surfacing in Turkey. These handguns matched the serial numbers for guns that came into the Taji base during 2005 but there are no records of who received them. Even David Petraeus has confessed that during his tenure as head of logistics for this base, there was a mad rush to give out these weapons to "loyal" Iraqis from the police and security details. Lt. Col Levonda Selph was Gen Petraeus's loyal aide that is now being questioned by Army investigators and DOJ lawyers.
    With this newest article, Glanz and Schmitt expose that one Lt. Col Kevin A Davis is cooperating with investigators over receiving $50,000
in bribes from Lee Dynamics. In fact, since he has now retired from the Army, he has gone to work for Lee Dynamics. That's very convenient! It sounds like former members of Congress. But I'll speak about that later.
    The association with Gen David Petraeus is less clear with Lt. Col Kevin A Davis but we do know from the article that Lt. Col Levonda Selph and Lt. Col Kevin A Davis worked together. In fact Selph worked for Kevin Davis as well as Gen Petraeus. Please take the time to read both articles if you haven't caught up on this fiasco because it will grow legs and envelope hundreds of contractors, owners of servicing companies and military officers.
    The difference in this type of problems from those we have formerly reviewed is critical. It is the money. Killing innocent civilians belongs to the grunts in the service that have to walk the streets of Baghdad daily. Some are guilty. Some are scared as hell and make mistakes. The abuses of Abu Ghraib was restricted to military police, CIA, and a few low ranking sickos according to Rumsfield, Myers and others. You and I both know the truth but it has not been proven yet. A diary yesterday implored us to speak of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfield as "war criminals". I concur.
    But here we have money. Huge dollars just lying around and waved in front of your face. One casualty of this sordid war is one Maj Gloria Davis (no relationship to Kevin A Davis). She supposedly committed suicide on December 12, 2006 the day after being questioned by Army personnel. The research I did on Gloria reveals some problems for me. She admitted to taking $225,000 in bribes to award contracts to Lee Dynamics and American Logistics. Based upon the quick research I did, Gloria had a strong religious background. She called almost daily from Baghdad to her family and her daughter. Her desire to be a leader in the war on terror appears legitimate. Here's what I don't understand. She only arrived in Taji in September, 2006 and then she committed suicide on December 12th.  Either she was already involved in problems or she got sucked in very quickly after arriving in Taji. One link I have yet to work on is that she also has a son who is working as a contractor in Iraq. Based upon her age of 47, I don't believe he is involved but I will try to resolve it.
    The Army has already begun proceedings to reclaim the money from Gloria's family. So not only do they have the trauma of her death to deal with but now they have the Army moving legally on her estate. I would love to see if the estate does have huge dollars hidden away that came from this $225,000 bribe. It should be easy to trace.
    My theory is that crimes of large sums of money is not played out by the lower ranking military. Yes, they may sell a gun they take off a dead Iraqi but they can't and won't be involved in huge high dollar crimes.
This is why this investigation is so important. It will only go up the chain and not down.
    As was noted in my last diary, the parsing of words by Glanz and Schmitt was very precise. They made very clear that there was "not yet" any evidence to link these problems with Petraeus. This article makes the same disclaimer but without the "yet". It is more factually developed but the facts are still damning for our war effort and the criminal behavior of this administration.
    Here's where I get philosophical so if you want to quit reading now and move on to the comments, please feel free. How does this tie back to us here in the US? First, it is tax payer's money. Secondly, we have hired representatives to oversee this money and the conduct of this war for us. There are two basic companies that we have hired. One is the Democratic Party and the other is the Republican Party. It was the latter that has bought us this war, these deaths, the visions of trauma and fear on the faces of the young and old in Iraq. We see it daily on the tube.
Our Democratic candidates are now debating the issue of lobbyist. Here on DKos, there has been fierce debate among supporters of Edwards and Obama and not so much Hillary because we know her stance. Edwards (whom I support) has focused like a laser on insurance, pharmas, and large drug companies. My contention is that these are important but unless we attack, yes attack, the military lobbyist around Congress we will never solve this nation's issues. Health care, poverty, infrastructure, education, ethics reform will always take a back seat to the MICC. Watch the increasing number of ads on TV recently by Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Army recruitment and others connected to the continuation of our American Empire. We are an empire. It is run by and for the military. Not you! Not I!
    If we follow the money, this will not stop on the low level. Hell, it is already bringing in Lt. Col's and by implication our close Bush ally Gen David Petraeus. We went into this war with no plan. We currently have no plan. Yet Bush is about to ask for $50 billion more as a supplemental to toss out to his friends. Please, please, I beg you to help with this fight against the MICC. This nation is crumbling from neglect of its poor, its minorities, its immigrants, and now the middle class. When will we stand up and declare, we will take no more!

Originally posted to NC Dem on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 08:05 AM PDT.

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  •  Warm greetings to all... (12+ / 0-)

       Have a great Friday. We'll discover more crimes tomorrow. It's almost 12:00 PM and time for my first beer. Thanks!

    Eisenhower- "We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage."

    by NC Dem on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 08:03:24 AM PDT

  •  By Bush/Cheney's 'Logic', Turkey Should Now (2+ / 0-)
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    waytac, HoosierDeb

    invade the US!!!  Not only are we furnishing arms to Terrorists, we've got nuclear weapons!!!

    •  I stated on a diary a few days ago that... (1+ / 0-)
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         Russia should have attacked us in the early 1980's because of our cooperation with the Taliban and Osama in Afghanistan. Same principle. But tomorrow, we may attack Iran and that will make it all better!

      Eisenhower- "We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage."

      by NC Dem on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 08:13:33 AM PDT

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      •  Love Your Sig!! (0+ / 0-)

        Ike looks and sounds better every day.  I have met and spoken w/his granddaughter, Mary Jean, who says that in his last days on Earth, he felt that People-to-People International and Sister Cities International, both of which he founded, were his most important legacy.

        He had genuine hope that, if people came to know one another as friends, they might one day make War obsolete.  

        Perhaps the greatest War Hero of our time knew all too well the cost and carnage of War....

        •  I was a young kid... (1+ / 0-)
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             when he was President. He always seemed calm and under control. My mother took me to Pinehurst once when he was in town playing a few rounds of golf. I spoke with him while he was on the putting green doing practice and he gave me a golf ball out of his bag as a gift. I always accused my younger brother of taking it when he left to play golf one day. I had it for 6-7 years before it went missing. I was probably 8 or 9 when that happened. I just remember it was after the 1956 election.

          Eisenhower- "We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage."

          by NC Dem on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 08:27:33 AM PDT

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  •  war is a racket (nt) (4+ / 0-)
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    "Here they come, marching into American sunlight." – Don Delillo, Mao II

    by subtropolis on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 08:10:39 AM PDT

  •  That part about Turkey makes me think (4+ / 0-)
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    So let me get this straight.  A significant stream of arms that has "slipped through the hands" of our military ends up in the hands of the PKK, to oppose the stated (and ultimately, agreed to by the US) aims in service of defense of sovereignty by the Republic of Turkey.  Whether you buy their claim that those aims are legitimate or not, well, work with me on this and hang out for the punchline, I'm only claiming that the US official position has to be respect for that position based on our current agreements with Turkey in this war and otherwise.

    OK, now.  Meanwhile, the POTUS has stated in no uncertain terms that because of his apparently self-evident claims that there has been material support to the Iraqi insurgents on the part of the Islamic Republic of Iran, that the US has the right to strike back at Iran as we see fit.

    Now, tying these two together (Turkey == US, US == Iran, PKK == Iraqi resistance respectively), doesn't that mean that Turkey has the right to start threatening bombing of the US based on the president's own logic?

    Just askin'.  I admire your Friday beer schedule!

  •  PEJAK (1+ / 0-)
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    Without for a moment minimizing the incompetence and corruption of this pointless war, I'm still betting that at least a few thousands of those "missing" weapons were sent to PEJAK (Iranian-Kurdish rebels) for use in fighting Iran.

  •  Don't know about that. (0+ / 0-)

    It may not go up the chain of command.  Would it be that implausible that some relatively junior soldiers took advantage of the chaotic situation to sell some weapons for ready cash?

    Or, alternatively, were used as the military contacts to facilitate what was essentially a large illegal gun sale?

    •  Maybe a few but 105,000 AK-47's... (1+ / 0-)
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         We have seen the lower ranks convicted for other crimes. This massive acitivity has CIA, criminals or both involved. To be covered up this long involves lots of hush money all around.

      Eisenhower- "We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage."

      by NC Dem on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 08:37:59 AM PDT

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      •  Don't know about "hush money." (0+ / 0-)

        I'm willing to bet many people don't want to talk because it was kind of their responsibility to make sure the guns didn't walk off.

        Although it could be a CIA operation, I suppose... you'd think no one would get arrested or convicted, in that case, though.

  •  Only the beginning... (1+ / 0-)
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    If and when a Democrat takes over the Presidency, the abject fear that whistleblowers hold will be minimized. (Maybe we'll even get the pending federal whistleblowers' protection act passed.)

    Then the dam is going to burst. As they used to say in vaudeville, "You ain't seen nothin' yet."

  •  Oh there was a plan alright: (1+ / 0-)
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    Drown the government in a bathtub overflowing with red ink, while Dick Cheney and 2000 of his closest friends arrange for nuclear-fueled, slave-serviced estates in the future "Republic of Rich Bastardy.

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. -- Julius Caesar, I.ii.

    by semiot on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 08:41:16 AM PDT

  •  Not to start slapping Reynolds Wrap on (0+ / 0-)

    a fedora form, but--

    Is there anything at all that sounds fishy about the circumstances surrounding MAJ Davis' suicide?

    May I bow to Necessity not/ To her hirelings (W. S. Merwin)

    by Uncle Cosmo on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 09:26:48 AM PDT

    •  I only went partially there... (0+ / 0-)

         in the diary. I sometimes get called out here for wearing a very bright shade of Reynolds. Based upon this site, she had a service at Arlington. I find it hard to believe that they would have allowed this if there was information that she had received a $225,000 bribe in her service in Iraq.  

      Eisenhower- "We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage."

      by NC Dem on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 09:37:14 AM PDT

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