For a candidate who claimed his administration would be open and honest, ethical to the highest degree and not engage in no-bid contracting, how can anyone justify the $24.6 million contract awarded on the behalf of the US Agency for International Development to Checchi and Company Consulting, a company operated by Democratic Party financier, Vincent Checchi. The deal was to train judges and lawyers in Afghanistan to help the embattled country establish and strengthen the rule of law.
A top State Department Official, Assistant Secretary P.J. Crowley acknowledged difficulties with the transaction awarded on January 4 and has since been terminated because of the circumstances under which it was awarded.
Fox News reported this situation on January 25. Crowley insists that the abrupt termination had nothing to do with the Fox News exposure.
Once again, the Obama administration stands behaving in total contrast to the pledges to act differently on the campaign trail to end “no bid and cost-plus contracts” while taking shots at the Bush Administration for some of its transactions necessitated by battlefield necessities in warfare where specialized niche contractors had the resources to send human resources directly in harm’s way.
As always, to accurately assess Obama Administration activities, we must consider what they do and measure it against what they say. While spewing lofty goals of what they perceive as noble expectations, their true identity is that of a corrupt machine driven political machine that has been honed and perfected in Chicago politics for decades.
We must assume therefore, when the administration asserts high-minded purposes or that they are cleaning up the house shedding sunshine on the business at hand, their record so far shows they are almost certainly lying.
Fox News Coverage on this story: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/01/31/state-department-admits-bid-contract-violates-obama-campaign-pledges/