Ken Blackwell

Just like at the VA, IAL is largely reliant on paper files. This creates disorganization and is preventing service members from knowing when and where their vehicles are being sent. If they’re among the lucky few whose cars are actually in transit, tracking them is impossible. Cars have turned up in Hawaii, which were supposed to be shipped to Guam and Korea. One service member cancelled his family vacation when his car turned up in Los Angeles instead of Seattle. Another has been trying for weeks to find the car he dropped off in Alaska in May.

This company has become a nightmare: they are cutting corners and losing cars, and our troops and their families are suffering.

In a bizarre twist, the chairman of IAL’s corporate parent IAP Group, Park Sang-Kwon, is also the CEO of a car company with production facilities in North Korea. Not only is he an informal spokesman for Kim Jong-Un, but here he is with the North Korean leader on "Victory Day" and is honorary citizen of the DPRK. Is the Obama Administration aware of this information, which is easily accessible on Google? Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana has already asked the Pentagon to look into IAL, and it is time for more conservatives to support that effort.

It is becoming clear that this contract needs to be stopped and the bidding process should be reevaluated. Our brave enlisted members are willing to put their lives on the line and ask very little in return. During their transitions in the service, not losing their cars and trucks seems like the least we can do.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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