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Hussein Beat Sanctions With Bribes
Washington Post ^ | 10/07/04 | Robin Wright and Colum Lynch

Posted on 10/06/2004 8:02:11 PM PDT by Pikamax

Hussein Beat Sanctions With Bribes Report Says Leader Gave Oil Vouchers to Those Who Helped Iraq By Robin Wright and Colum Lynch Washington Post Staff Writers Thursday, October 7, 2004; Page A01

Saddam Hussein made $11 billion in illegal income and eroded the world's toughest economic embargo during his final years as Iraq's leader through shrewd schemes to secretly buy off dozens of countries, top foreign officials and major international figures, said a new report by the chief U.S. weapons inspector released yesterday.

The officials allegedly included the former top U.N. official in charge of humanitarian relief, Benon Sevan.

Recipients of oil "vouchers" that could be resold for large profits included Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua, former Russian presidential candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky and governments, companies and influential individuals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the report said.

Sevan, who ran the former Oil For Food program designed to benefit the Iraqi people but not the regime received vouchers as well, the report says.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: oilforfood; saddam

1 posted on 10/06/2004 8:02:11 PM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax

Bump...in the polls.


2 posted on 10/06/2004 8:06:00 PM PDT by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: Pikamax

So why not publish the list of American and DU traitors!!


3 posted on 10/06/2004 8:06:14 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: Pikamax
Lead story on NBC news tonight. Pigs Fly! I guess Cheney knew it was in the pipeline, and underplayed the hand at the debate. Libs have to read this....it's in their Holy Book (WP).
4 posted on 10/06/2004 8:10:04 PM PDT by dasboot (<img src="XXX">)
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To: Pikamax
Yes . . . Saddam understood the "global test".


He bought off those same "foreign leaders" to whom Kerry would defer.
5 posted on 10/06/2004 8:10:41 PM PDT by BenLurkin (We have low inflation and and low unemployment.)
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To: Pikamax

BUMP!


6 posted on 10/06/2004 8:10:47 PM PDT by formercalifornian (Daschle: "Never has so much clout" enriched the abortion industry)
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To: Pikamax

I have stated on FR before that I believed the arrest of Chalabi and the search of his house, etc., was tied up with this, and that the US was prepared to bury the entire thing.

It remains to be seen how complete the list appears to be compared to earlier reports, which had some high-ranking european and UN people involved, but I am willing to admit that it appears I was at the least partially wrong, if not more. At the same time, I cannot help but suspect that there is a white-wash of some of the biggest fish who still hold office somewhere.


7 posted on 10/06/2004 8:15:24 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: Pikamax

Quite a different story from what the MSM has been putting out.


8 posted on 10/06/2004 8:30:47 PM PDT by blogblogginaway (When will they learn to check and recheck the facts!)
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To: Pikamax
This is the whole key to the anti-Bush "no reason to invde Iraq" blather of the slimey, corrupt, crapweasel, scumbag dems! They aren't attacking Bush (although many of the lower level scum don't know that), they are protecting Willie!

In the mid and late 90s, Saddam was diddling the whole world and had the UN, France, Germany and other old world socialists to protect him. There was enough administrative barbra streisand to fend off military action for years>

Willie saw an opportunty to pick up some cash. Willie or his henchmen met with Saddam or his henchmen and OBL and his folks to work out the details. Saddam would give cash/oil vouchers to Willie or his surrogates (see:Marc Rich) and in return, get info from OBL so we'd just miss killing him.

That's what the "no connection" was really about. Now, it fits "Viet Cong" John's objectives and, as long as the scumbags hold that line, Willie will do nothing to sink Kerry. Note also, that this filth and corruption is certainly related to the reason that Vince Foster was murdered.

9 posted on 10/06/2004 8:41:48 PM PDT by Tacis (When Kerry Farts, You Can Hear McAuliffe's Voice And Smell Lockhart's Breath!)
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To: BenLurkin
Yes . . . Saddam understood the "global test".

He bought off those same "foreign leaders" to whom Kerry would defer.

Excellent point! The President and VP, and RNC ads, should say exactly what you just did. Kerry would never have gotten a passing grade on the "global test" from foreign leaders who were on Saddam's payroll. Under the "Kerry Doctrine" Saddam in the past and Saddams' of the future would hold a veto over our pre-emptive action. It is apparent that Saddam thought Bush II would be concerned about a "global test". Good thing Kerry wasn't President and God help us if he, or someone who thinks like him ever is. This report illuminates the danger of the "global test" doctrine, and leaders of all parties should reject it in the interest of the nation.

10 posted on 10/06/2004 8:55:23 PM PDT by LZ_Bayonet
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To: LZ_Bayonet
"Under the "Kerry Doctrine" Saddam in the past and Saddams' of the future would hold a veto over our pre-emptive action."

Yes sir.

11 posted on 10/06/2004 8:57:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin (We have low inflation and and low unemployment.)
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To: Pikamax

ABOUT TIME AND FRONT PAGE TOO, maybe Washpost is looking for redemption


12 posted on 10/06/2004 8:59:45 PM PDT by Walkingfeather (q)
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To: LZ_Bayonet

bttt


13 posted on 10/06/2004 9:01:38 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Pikamax
The number of countries and companies involved in the schemes to undermine or challenge U.N. sanctions increased dramatically from the time the Oil For Food program was introduced until Hussein's removal from power last year, the report added.

Speaks for itself...

14 posted on 10/06/2004 9:05:04 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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Companies or individuals from at least 44 countries received vouchers, the report said.

Russia, France and China -- all permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- were the top three countries in which individuals, companies or entities received the lucrative vouchers. Hussein's goal, the report said, was to provide financial incentives so that these nations would use their influence to help undermine the punishing sanctions imposed after Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

"At a minimum, Saddam wanted to divide the five permanent members and foment international public support of Iraq at the U.N.(Well, it worked! Duh!) and throughout the world by a savvy public relations campaign and an extensive diplomatic effort," the report said.

Several American companies on the list, compiled from 13 documents kept by Hussein's vice president and oil minister, were given vouchers to purchase billions of dollars of oil at discounted prices. The U.S. companies are not named in the report because of privacy laws, U.S. officials said.

DO YOU HEAR THIS JOHN KERRY AND JOHN EDWARDS?! YOUR "FRIENDS" *CREWED THE U. S. IN A TIME OF WAR, just like you two did!!!

I wonder how many U. S. politicians are on the list?

15 posted on 10/06/2004 9:08:56 PM PDT by kcvl
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The report notes that Indonesia's president was the recipient of a voucher that allocated her six million barrels. The former French interior minister received a voucher for 11 million barrels. The Russian foreign ministry received a voucher for 55 million, while Zhirinovsky got a voucher for 53 million barrels and the Russian Communist Party's voucher totaled 110 million barrels.
16 posted on 10/06/2004 9:10:44 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Pikamax

SPREAD THE WORD....

THE ONLY VOUCHERS LIBERALS BELIEVE IN ARE OIL VOUCHERS!


17 posted on 10/06/2004 9:10:46 PM PDT by Walkingfeather (q)
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The Duelfer report says that Sevan was allocated 13 million barrels of oil, of which 7.3 million were cashed in.


18 posted on 10/06/2004 9:11:40 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Pikamax

bump


19 posted on 10/06/2004 9:15:10 PM PDT by handy (Forgive me this day, my daily typos...The Truth is not a Smear!)
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To: kcvl

now remember that aint a dollar a barrel more like 33 to 39 a barrel.....somebody do the math


20 posted on 10/06/2004 9:15:16 PM PDT by Walkingfeather (q)
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To: Walkingfeather
Dumbest statement in the whole article...

Conservatives have been going after the alleged scandals in the U.N. Oil For Food program for months to focus on wrongdoing at the United Nations rather than the administration's use of weapons of mass destruction as the primary justification for launching a war to topple Hussein.

Why in the *ell would ONLY "conservatives" care about this scandal? Shouldn't EVERYONE care about it (including dumb*ss "reporters")?!!!! I THOUGHT bleeding heart liberals cared about PEOPLE STARVING TO DEATH especially if the criminals were getting OIL for food that was SUPPOSE to go to the Iraqi people!!!

21 posted on 10/06/2004 9:19:14 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Walkingfeather

About 255,500 million at 35 a barrel


22 posted on 10/06/2004 9:22:59 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

that is a lot of dough, now how do you just plop that into your bank account as a interior minister? Nope you spread it around.... launder it, interesting no mention of Koffees son in this article.


23 posted on 10/06/2004 9:26:30 PM PDT by Walkingfeather (q)
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To: Walkingfeather

It's about a fourth of what TER-AY-ZA is worth. You would think she would do something with her hair and wardrobe. I doubt there is any chance of fixing her filthy mouth.


24 posted on 10/06/2004 9:32:43 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Im sure she looks at Johns mouth as a gift horse.


25 posted on 10/06/2004 9:52:28 PM PDT by Walkingfeather (q)
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