Fraud and corruption in Iraq? No! Among the $6 billion in military contracts already under criminal investigation are hundreds of millions of dollars in food supplies for the troops. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department wants to know if a handful of the biggest food companies in the country "set excessively high prices when they sold their goods to the Army's primary food contractor."
Perdue Farms Inc., Sara Lee Corp. and ConAgra Foods Inc. are among the food giants whose deals with Kuwaiti firm Public Warehousing Co. are being investigated, and a key figure in the probe is a former employee at Sara Lee's Jimmy Dean sausage unit. Heh.
On the bright side, the story provides a look into what the troops are eating, and it doesn't sound too bad: Lobster tails, egg rolls, turkey thighs, chicken breasts, and several tons of beef per month, including marinated 14-ounce T-bone steaks. And I thought it was all MREs and Hardtack.
-- Brian Bernbaum