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Special cases can certainly arise, like with, say, vehicle armor for U.S. troops, which is widely recognized as an urgent need. (As several readers pointed out about this post of mine last week on a DOD IG report criticizing armor-kit providers.) But these are for reconstruction contracts -- and there's not a whole lot of actual reconstruction going on anymore in Iraq. USA Today doesn't itemize the sketchy contracts, so it's hard to evaluate any mitigating claim for fast-tracking bids that might bilk the taxpayer.

A last bit of context. According to the paper, two-thirds of these flagged contracts for Iraq eventually won approval. That compares with 44 percent of flagged Pentagon contracts that didn't have to do with the war in 2005. If that's a representative sample of normal DOD procurement practices, why isn't that a scandal?