Top Army General Accused of Squandering Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars on Luxurious Trips
I don’t think that anyone would even attempt to make the case that our government isn’t corrupt. The best example of government corruption is probably the tax code, which is written in a way that allows the rich to legally pay approximately half the taxes of the working poor and middle class. Having said that, many politicos have long observed that there’s a different standard between how black high profile government officials and white officials are held accountable.
Even though only 42 of the U.S. House of Representatives’ 435-member body are African American, 15 percent of the total House Ethics committee investigations focus on Black legislators. And Attorney General Eric Holder recently received the dubious distinction of becoming the first sitting AG to be held in contempt of Congress. Given these two standards, one would think that African-American government officials would straighten up and fly right. Well, that didn’t occur to General William E. Ward, who allegedly spent lavishly on hotels and other unauthorized purchases.
General Ward, who was nominated by President Bush and put in charge of US Army Africa Command (AFRICOM) in 2007, is accused of using his government spending card to provide his family and staff with lavish vacations.
This partial list courtesy of Business Insider:
- $129,000 on an 11-day trip to Washington with his wife and 13 staff where he only had short engagements on the first three days of the trip. The cost covers the hotel and ‘other’ costs such as transportation
- $10,000 on hotels rooms for himself and staff during a ‘refueling stop’ in Bermuda on the way to an engagement in Germany. He and his wife stayed in a $750 suite. The bill does not include transport or other costs
- $18,500 on producing and publishing 2,000 books about the Command’s plush residence in Germany and its first three years of work
- One staffer stayed in the Ritz Carlton Hotel in McLean, Virginia for 49 consecutive nights in early 2010 – even though Ward was in the area for just 18 of the nights
After decades of honorable service, I guess he’s now out of a job.
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