Gee, how did this happen?

So KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary, who was awarded several bid-free reconstruction contracts, has been accused of price gouging in Iraq after an audit.

Doesn’t this just seem like the inevitable conclusion of this process? Particularly given the close relationship between the current administration and Halliburton…It would almost be fitting if the US gov’t simply turned around as a result of this and just refused to pay. Particuarly given their budgetary crisis right now, lopping off a few billion might be convenient here. Heh. That idea makes me smile, no matter how silly it is.