black.jpgSketchy State Dept. Inspector General Howard “Cookie” Krongard has resigned over the Blackwater fallout. In a statement, Krongard cited his recent battles with congressional Democrats. “I have nothing further to say at this time,” he said.

The LAT reports that in a separate resignation letter to President Bush, Krongard said he said was troubled by “inherent structural and conceptual defects” in the inspector general’s job. He also expressed concern about the “grave threat to public service posed by current rancor and distrust” between political parties, the government, the media and interest groups.

“Krongard, 66, has been accused by current and former members of his staff and by congressional Democrats of thwarting investigations of waste and fraud in Iraq. Among those are allegations of arms smuggling by Blackwater, the North Carolina-based security contractor that protects U.S. diplomats in Iraq and has been criticized for using excessive force against Iraqi civilians.”

Brother Buzzy is still at large.

State Dept. official resigns [LAT]

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