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Thursday, October 07, 2004


Oil For Food Corruption

The scandal investigation continues:

Report links U.N. to Iraq bribes

NEW YORK (AP) -- The top U.S. arms inspector has accused the former head of the $60 billion U.N. oil-for-food program of accepting bribes in the form of vouchers for Iraqi oil sales from Saddam Hussein's government.


The secret voucher program was dominated by Russian, French and Chinese recipients, in that order, with Saddam spreading the wealth widely to prominent business men, politicians, foreign government ministries and political parties, the report said.

The report names former French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua, Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri, and the Russian radical political figure Vladimir Zhirinovsky as voucher recipients, for example, and other foreign governments range from Yemen to Namibia.

The governments of Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Egypt did a brisk illicit oil trade with Iraq as well -- more than $8 billion from 1991 until 2003, the report said.
Remember The List? Way back in June I linked to two versions of The List and now it would appear that we have more confirmation that there really was a bunch of fun under-the-table stuff going on between Saddam and some people dirty enough to play the old Benedict Arnold role. It's really pretty disgusting. Here we have literally hundreds of thousands of people being killed and piled in mass graves (not to mention tortured and wrongfully imprisoned) while these dirt bags are taking $$ from Saddam in return for opposing anything that might upset their little direct deposit deal. Oh, and I did I mention that Bush is pretty much Hitler reincarnated? Yeah, I have a hard time with the Left's 'logic' too.


And why, might I ask, is this not spread all over the front pages of every major newspaper in the world (well, except in France, that's obvious):

Saddam paid off French leaders

Saddam Hussein used a U.N. humanitarian program to pay $1.78 billion to French government officials, businessmen and journalists in a bid to have sanctions removed and U.S. policies opposed, according to a CIA report made public yesterday.


The CIA report stated that the Iraqi ambassador was instructed to "utilize [the $1 million] to remind French Defense Minister Pierre Joxe indirectly about Iraq's previous positions toward France, in general, and the French Socialist party, in particular."


The payoffs help explain why the French government, along with Russia and China, opposed U.S. efforts in the United Nations in the months leading up to the March 2003 invasion, U.S. officials said.


"According to Aziz, both parties understood that resale of the oil was to be reciprocated through efforts to lift U.N. sanctions or through opposition to American initiatives within the Security Council," the report said.


The report stated that Iraq covertly purchased missiles and other military goods from Russia, Belarus, China, North Korea and South Korea.
According to the report, illegal goods used in making weapons of mass destruction were sold to Iraq by companies in Jordan, India, France, Italy, Romania and Turkey.
And you want me to believe that they just sat on this money:

"The funding for this organization, which had responsibility for many of the past [weapons of mass destruction] programs, went from approximately $7.8 million in 1998 to $350 million in 2001," Mr. Duelfer told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
I'm sure they invested it in no load mutual funds with a reasonable risk diversification.


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