Open Thread

Let's play a game of "Name That Representative"

In August of 1966, a young Republican Congressman from Illinois gave a lengthy speech about the need for Congressional oversight over Vietnam war related contracts.

This congressman insisted that only "an investigating committee to be controlled by the minority, can assure vigorous investigation . . ."

By the way, the company that had obtained the contracts that this congressman railed against was Brown and Root - which later became Kellogg, Brown and Root, the subsidiary of Halliburton that is now the largest contractor in Iraq.

Facing South :

As a Republican congressman from Illinois in 1966, [he] raised questions about the 30-year association between Halliburton's chairman and then-president Lyndon Johnson. "Why this huge contract has not been and is not now being adequately audited is beyond me," [he] said. "The potential for waste and profiteering under such a contract is substantial."

The name of that Congressman questioning long term relationships with war profiteers and demanding minority party oversight?


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