Skip to comments.ZOT! Halliburton Iraq oil deal investigated
Posted on 10/12/2004 2:29:09 AM PDT by Conservativ-RipperEdited on 10/12/2004 2:59:47 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
I'm back, Jim will love me (I've got many, many accounts, hehe), I know. This story has legs, you won't stop it anymore, hehe...
Halliburton Iraq oil deal investigated
By LOLITA C. BALDOR
Published on: 10/05/04
WASHINGTON A House subcommittee investigating Iraq's oil-for-food program expanded its probe to the Bush administration Tuesday, agreeing to subpoena documents on U.S. postwar management of oil revenues and, if necessary, audits on contracts for reconstruction projects, including one given to Halliburton Co.
Democrats on the House Government Reform subcommittee on national security said there should be a full investigation of the Bush administration's refusal to release audits of Halliburton's $1.5 billion noncompetitive contract to repair oil production facilities. The Houston-based oil services company was headed by Dick Cheney before he became vice president.
Failure to release the information, said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), would appear hypocritical and arrogant and "reinforce the image that our primary goal was to seize control of the oil."
Congress, said Democrats, needs to know what happened to oil revenues when the United States took over their management between May 2003 and June 2004. Since then, management has been turned over to the interim Iraqi government.
"..U.N. documents show that Halliburton's affiliates have had controversial dealings with the Iraqi regime during Cheney's tenure at the company and played a part in helping Saddam Hussein illegally pocket billions of dollars under the U.N.'s oil-for-food program. The Clinton administration blocked one deal Halliburton was trying to push through sale because it was "not authorized under the oil-for-food deal," according to U.N. documents. That deal, between Halliburton subsidiary Ingersoll Dresser Pump Co. and Iraq, included agreements by the firm to sell nearly $1 million in spare parts, compressors and firefighting equipment to refurbish an offshore oil terminal, Khor al Amaya. Still, Halliburton used one of foreign subsidiaries to sell Iraq the equipment it needed so the country could pump more oil, according to a report in the Washington Post in June 2001.
The Halliburton subsidiaries, Dresser-Rand and Ingersoll Dresser Pump Co., sold water and sewage treatment pumps, spare parts for oil facilities and pipeline equipment to Baghdad through French affiliates from the first half of 1997 to the summer of 2000, U.N. records show. Ingersoll Dresser Pump also signed contracts -- later blocked by the United States -- according to the Post, to help repair an Iraqi oil terminal that U.S.-led military forces destroyed in the Gulf War years earlier..."
These are the paragraphs that are not outright editorializing, but the whole thing is old news anyway.
The Troll thinks he has a big story, but all that has happened is that the AP and "The Scoop"(snicker) finally discovered, (on 10/5/04 and 10/12/04 respectively) was what Newsmax and the Washington Post reported several years ago. If the Democrats could make any hay with this they would have already. Maybe they think no one will notice an attempt at a late hit before election day, but it won't work.
Lolita is a writer now Ping. Heh heh.
Gee, next thing you know they'll be investigating Bill Clinton giving Halliburton a no-bid contract to reconstruct Kosovo. Look into it, you really seem like a comptent researcher. If there's any justice in the world, you'll be the next Buckhead.
If the name of a "Big Money" Political Party Donor with ties to Enron were discovered on the Saddam's Coalition of the Bribed, what do you think would happen to the Candidate of that party?
What if that Candidate of that Party was John Kerry?
Newsweek drops a bombshell on the Kerry Campaign: Texas Oil Baron and Big-Time Democrat Donor Oscar Wyatt has received perhaps as much a $22 million dollars in profits through oil allocations bought illicity from Saddam Hussein.
Who is Oscar Wyatt? More than just a oil man, he's an outspoken critic of both Gulf Wars, and a big time Democratic Party Donor...
Now that you're finished talking, I'll go ahead and flush you.
Awwwwwwww, I missed the ZOT! :-(
Congress really said this considering that all committees are GOP controlled? Dumb Newbee - No Biscuit.
Shot:George - Yield:225 Kilotons - First Thermonuclear Test
Extra crispy ZOT.
I don't think Mr. Bush is concerned about his "appearance" before Waxman.
Let him sue for it.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.