Pentagon auditors set to clear Halliburton "...The Defense Contract Audit Agency said Army Corps of Engineers officials overseeing the oil contract had promised a "business case" that showed prices billed by Halliburton unit Kellogg Brown and Root for fuel delivered by a subcontractor were "fair and reasonable" and the issue would then be closed..."
"....Pressure eased on the company over the pricing issue after Army Corps chief Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers signed a waiver on Dec. 19 that KBR did not need to provide certified "cost and pricing data" related to a sole-source fuel contract with Altanmia....."
"..The Pentagon audit agency said earlier in the week that the Corp had already said the business case would show prices billed by Halliburton unit Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) for fuel delivered by a subcontractor were "fair and reasonable."
"...Neither the Army Corps nor the Pentagon would provide details about the document, but they are expected to knock down price-gouging allegations against the company once chaired by Vice President Dick Cheney...." LINK
Dean and Clark-Dream Team? This is a time for caution/wisdom
I think Josh Marshall has a great point HERE.
Personally, I envision Clark and Dean as a dream team. The quickest way for Dean to lose ground to Clark would be to beat the "he-was-pro-war" drums. Clark, like Dean, is coming in from the outside of the Washington inner-circle. Just as I take Governor Dean at his word today, (giving trustful benefit of doubt about past statements), I personally believe General Clark's words about his stand on the war today. Governor Dean cannot employ the same tactics used by the corporate media to attack past statements made by another popular candidate. It only demeans his own campaign.
To me, it would be the most patriotic move these two gentleman could EVER make to come together in a refreshingly new way and fight Bush together.
We Dean-supporters should be very careful in distributing unofficial campaign literature. It could hurt Dean as easily as help. We know the type of media atmosphere against which we are fighting.
They may be the center of our daily experience or exist on the fringes of our consciousness. They may be intentional, or accidental; they are the border between yesterday, today, tomorrow; between heart and spirit, despair and hope, time and timelessness.
"Meister Eckhart, the medieval Christian mystic, said that 'if gratitude were our only prayers, then that would be enough.' These little shrines here are very much an expression of that," he says. "They are filled with pictures of friends and family, and little things that I have picked up along the way - seashells or pieces of bark. Some of them I remember distinctly; over time, I have forgotten the specific significance of other things. But they all trigger a sense of gratitude in me, a sense of connection to people and places."
'At all places where the eye rests, and also at places where the eye does not rest, the busy chisel of the artist has worked incessantly. The abode of god has been enveloped by a variety of figures depicting the good and the evil, the great as well as the insignificant, the daily occurences of human life....'