Former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros has been under investigation for years over whether he gave his mistress $60,000 or $250,000 of his own money ("It's Time to Finish Inquiry Into Cisneros, Counsel Told," April 11). Meanwhile, Vice President Dick Cheney's cronies at Halliburton ("More Flak on Halliburton Deal," April 11) have been handed a no-bid contract for $7 billion of public money for work they may never have to do, with nary a peep from the same right-wingers who flung unfounded accusations of corruption at Bill Clinton and members of his administration from day one. Where is the outrage?
So, Halliburton, the company Cheney used to run, stands to make $7 billion off the war with Iraq. If anyone was wondering what the price of American lives is, the White House just gave you your answer.
Re "Monitor Iraq Contracts," editorial, April 11: The concept that The Times, Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) and John Dingell (D-Mich.) are out to protect taxpayer dollars from crony capitalism is laughable. This is nothing but partisan sniping against a stand-up man honorably serving his country. The Times stated, "There's no evidence that Cheney influenced the contract." But who needs evidence? Liberal Democrats wish to use the General Accounting Office as a tool to harass and punish political opponents.