Monday, May 31, 2004

"Um, no we, um, didn't."

A Pentagon e-mail said Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites)'s office "coordinated" a multibillion-dollar Iraq reconstruction contract awarded to his former employer Halliburton, Time magazine reported on Sunday.

The e-mail said Feith, who reports to Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, approved arrangements for the contract "contingent on informing WH (White House) tomorrow. We anticipate no issues since action has been coordinated w VP's (vice president's) office."

"Vice President Cheney and his office have had no involvement whatsoever in government contracting matters since he left private business to run for vice president," said Kevin Kellems, a spokesman for Cheney.

(And the best part is, no one will notice. The media will still be talking about, as my local Chicago TV news put it, "why Al Gore *doesn't* want you to see 'The Day After Tomorrow.'")

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