August 29, 2007
If You Made This Up, They'd Call You A Hack
A gem from "The Great Iraq Swindle" in Rolling Stone.
The administration also greenlighted brash, modern-day forty-niners like Scott Custer and Mike Battles, a pair of ex-Army officers and bottom-rank Republican pols (Battles had run for Congress in Rhode Island and had been a Fox News commentator) who had decided to form a security company called Custer Battles and make it big in Iraq. "Battles knew some people from his congressional run, and that's how they got there," says Alan Grayson, an attorney who led a whistle-blower lawsuit against the pair for defrauding the government.A US security company. In Iraq. Called Custer Battles. The fact that the company name was coined from the surnames of its dim-witted founders just makes it even funnier. I mean, if they'd chosen the name out of the blue they'd just be common-or-garden morons, but to put it together from their own names, and then totally miss the "Oh - wait a minute..." moment - that shows arrogant foolishness on an almost celestial level. Which is probably why they managed to bilk US taxpayers of millions of dollars and yet have their fraud convictions overturned on appeal.
Though uncredited, the Rolling Stone piece appears to have been penned by Matt Taibbi. Be sure to read the whole thing.