The travels and apparent travails of State Department Inspector General Howard J. "Cookie" Krongard, under investigation by Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-CA) House oversight committee, are on display on the Princeton Class of 1961 website. "Cookie Travels" shows Krongard kicking it in a variety of foreign locales.
And here he is, Cookie's caption states, "As 'El Presidente' of the Board of External Auditors of the Organization of American States, I reported to the OAS Permanent Council on the financial results for the year and made recommendations to management."
Cookie wrote: "Not too worried about the bad guys at the moment." Probably in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Putting his legs up "In the V V I P lounge at Kabul Airport beneath a photo of Afghan national hero Massoud."
Here he is "in Maracaibo, the capital of Zulia Province which is the only one in Venezuela run by the opposition to Chavez," he wrote.
Apparently Cookie was classmates with the first statutory CIA inspector general, Fred Hitz, as an exchange between him and Princeton Class of 1961 webmaster, Len Berton, makes clear:
Your webmaster asked, "Will you be reporting to Rice or Bush? Is it similar to what Fred Hitz did at the CIA? So the President finally figured out he needed someone that really knows how to stop hard shots and clear the opponent's threat out of a dangerous area."
Cookie replied, "I like the lacrosse analogy. In my confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I noted that I was accustomed to having things thrown at me at high speed. The job is similar to Fred's except for a different time and a different place. He is a good role model for me and we have conferred at length. You may not know but we were also law school classmates so had seven straight years together a long time ago. I report to Secretary Rice but also to the Congress, and the position is statutorily created. I look forward to seeing you at Reunions."
-- Nick Schwellenbach