Friday, April 07, 2006

Strange days indeed

You gotta wonder sometimes if our foreign enemies just shake their heads in disbelief at how nutty we are at managing our own affairs.
Consider this news release I found buried deep in an obscure defense contractor's corporate website: Dateline April 6, 2006 -- IAP Worldwide Services, Inc., working as a subcontractor to another firm, was awarded a major federal contract to provide logistical support, materials management, supply, equipment readiness and maintenance for the Army Reserve and National Guard units.
On February 6, 2006, just two months earlier, President George W. Bush released his FY 2007 budget proposing to cut federal funds for those very same Army Reserve and National Guard units. W's budget proposal would in effect fund 17,100 fewer Army National Guard and 5,000 fewer Army Reserve personnel than is required by law, forcing the military to shift funds from other defense resources to maintain our troop levels.
Sitting on IAP's Board is none other than George Herbert Walker Bush's former Vice President Dan Quayle.
Strange days indeed.